If you have read my other posts you know that I like to draw parallells between Mormonism and other things (such as the book 1984 or the situation in North Korea) and I found a small one in the movie Sarah’s Key which I recently watched on DVD.
In the show there was a family secret that was finally exposed, but pay attention to how closely these quotes resemble finding out the truth about Mormon church history.
“Now you have stirred it all up, the whole family!”
“Don’t worry. Your honor is still intact. Your family is blameless…You can do what you want (i.e. stay in the church with this new knowledge and information), but count me out!”
“Rest assured, we want none of it now!”
“I only wanted to know the truth.”
“So where does it get us now, the bright shiny truth?”
“Truth has a price whether you like it or not.” (This is true)
(Later another family member discovers the truth)
“Why didn’t you tell me, Dad? My whole life is a lie! My whole life!”
(He gives his son some journals that contain the full truth that was kept hidden from him his whole life for his “protection”)
“Son, we are all a product of our history… for you in those pages… (you will finally fully understand)… Go on son, don’t be afraid.”
(And he opens the journal)
The truth can at times be disturbing and upsetting. Some people fear learning about the truth because they don’t want their world view shattered, but sometimes breaking out of the Matrix or punching a hole in the sky like in The Truman show is necessary for growth.
When we understand that our lives are all simply stories that we tell ourselves we can finally lose our prejudices and see the world with fresh natural eyes. We can see and learn that love of all mankind equally is what we all truly need and we can let go of the walls that seperate us. I like to think of some of the words in the song Imagine by John Lennon:
Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people living life in peace
You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one I hope some day you’ll join us And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people sharing all the world
You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one I hope some day you’ll join us And the world will live as one