On our return episode of the podcast, we discuss a much-loved Pixar flick from a few years ago, as well as the reason Cinematic Doctrine was on hiatus for so long.
- Podcasting nonsense
- Introducing ‘Inside Out’
- Why Melvin picked ‘Inside Out’ and how it relates to the hiatus
- How Daniel also caught ‘Inside Out’ at a pivotal time in his life
- Emotions are indicators of our needs (i.e. sadness = external alert to others)
- How Melvin and Daniel are not worrying about Spoilers anymore because most people only listen to episodes of movies/shows they’ve already seen
- Vin Diesel
- Calling your Insurance to see if they’ll cover an in-patient “vacation” to The Center – A Place of Hope
- Sadness as a community bonding experience
- Brainstorming an ‘Inside Out’ sequel except this time it’s adults
- Memes Melvin missed while he was away
- Daniel: “Can I briefly talk about one thing from Mortal Kombat I really liked?”
- Xbox Game Pass (XCloud specifically)
- Douglas Moo’s Roman’s Commentary
- Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
At some point, Melvin begins using language like “good emotion” and “bad emotion”. It is important to note that all emotions are neither good nor bad. Emotions are tools with which the body uses to protect, maintain, signal, and prepare the body for situations based upon current information. Emotions come upon people (a loved one walks in the room, your body triggers a smile – it triggers happiness) and thus often are not even chosen by the individual. People use moral language to define emotions when they are often defining nourishing or toxic responses to emotions. This is how certain emotions carry a stigma that usually is not useful to helping understand our emotions.
Case in point: sadness is not a bad emotion, but perpetual wallowing in despair is a toxic response to sadness as it can often cause one to not fulfill their responsibilities or even be kind to their friends. However, a nourishing use of sadness may be sharing with another their pain, spending time with another in grief, or perhaps spending time alone to meditate on what’s going on. Notice how these may impede responsibilities, too, yet may be more beneficial in the long run for an individual. This asserts the nuance and complexity of how emotions function. Again, emotions are not moral but are indicators for current experiences and needs. What someone does with their emotions can result in moral quandary, but emotions themselves are never immoral.
Inside Out is Rated PG for mild thematic elements and some action. It features Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Richard Kind, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, and Kyle MacLachlan. Directed by Pete Doctor and Ronnie Del Carmen. Inside Out is available on Disney Plus.
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Melvin Benson is the Founder, Editor-In-Chief, and Lead Host of Cinematic Doctrine. He’s written fiction and nonfiction for over a decade with short stories featured on the Creepypasta Wiki and Wattpad. His novelette Ethereal Temptation, a teen drama with a tinge of magical-realism, can be read for free here. His hope is to see King Jesus glorified as far as the east is from the west!