Common Culture

Common Culture

Common Culture pieces offer reflections on and revaluations of the stories we share.
Feb
10
La Casa Madrigal from Disney's Encanto.

Encanto: The Miracle is You

Going beyond community expectations or individual-based achievement enables us to see differently, from a lens of merit to a lens of love. Love pierces through the veil of what we are for who we are.
8 min read
Nov
09
Unfulfilled by passion in Disney's Soul

Soul: Doing What You Love Won't Save You

We must fit our passions under another overarching narrative that can bear the weight of our deepest desires. The artwork cannot stand alone; it needs a frame.
8 min read
Jul
06
Hercules: Finding Your Place

Hercules: Finding Your Place

In a globalized, lonely world, we are all like Hercules. We all want to know where we belong. But is home in a place or a person?
8 min read
May
25
WALL-E: Looking Past Appearances

WALL-E: Looking Past Appearances

Herein are two approaches to life: technology as an end or technology as a means to the end.
6 min read
Apr
27
Masks & The Mandalorian

Masks & The Mandalorian

What was once a symbol of power, control, and fear, is now a reminder of this man’s powerlessness, his lack of control, and his fearfulness of death.
4 min read
Mar
02
Aladdin: What's a Street Rat Worth?

Aladdin: What's a Street Rat Worth?

What's a street rat worth, and what makes his life worthwhile?
7 min read
Nov
17
Ratatouille: Devoted to Delight

Ratatouille: Devoted to Delight

What is often called snobbery is potentially an ardent devotion to what is good, if only we have the will to see.
7 min read
Sep
29
Screenshot from Disney's Mulan (1998)

Mulan: Love Across Cultures

Some 20 years after Disney's animated Mulan release, my thoughts on the movie have changed.
9 min read