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Love and “Alice in Wonderland”

Last Friday I watched Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.”  It’s still produced by Walt Disney Pictures, but this time it’s a live-action movie.  It’s loosely based on elements of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” books and is described as an extension of it.  The story is thus new but is nevertheless very entertaining.  (Read the Wikipedia plot summary here.)
It was so nice to see Anne Hathaway again, as the White Queen; she looks so beautiful!  It was also nice to meet Mia Wasikowska, the actress who played Alice; she’s just as pretty! 
Overall I liked the movie!
One scene towards the end of the movie stuck to my mind.  This was the scene when the White Queen sentenced the Red Queen to exile for life.  Now, the Red Queen had an ongoing relationship with her Captain of the Guard, Stayne.  Stayne doesn’t really like her; he was just playing with the affections of the Red Queen to gain her favor.  As per Stayne’s punishment, he was chained to the Red Queen and would thus be exiled as well.  The Red Queen looked to Stayne and said that at least they would have each other – and on that note, a look of horror appeared on Stayne’s face and he tried to kill her. 
Stayne couldn’t bear living the rest of his life with the Red Queen, someone he really hated. 
In real life these things unfortunately happen as well.  You marry someone you deeply love; unfortunately the other person never really loved you in the first place.  As a result of this, you end up having a miserable marriage for the rest of your lives.  It’s such a tragedy.  And yet, such tragedies happen everyday. 
There’s no point in being in a relationship where you are the only party who loves.  Love must be mutual in order for the relationship to grow and deepen.  If love is only one-way then there’s no point in being in a relationship with that person. 
Life is too short to be miserable.  It’s better to be alone and lonely in this world than to be with someone who doesn’t really love you and who will just make you miserable for life.  If she doesn’t love you, then let her go and find someone else who will love you back. 
 
Look again, and look harder: Someone worthy of your love is waiting for you.
 
 
Jesus, King of Mercy, I trust in You! 
 
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