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The Unbearable Heaviness of Being

My quest for the eternal lightness

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Twists in plots are what make movies interesting to watch. M Night Shyamalsixths.jpgan’s Sixth Sense (released in 1999) was one of those movies which made it to my personal list of Academy Award Winning Films, with revelations at the finale that had me saying..‘shit! that can’t be!’ Of course, Shyamalan’s later productions were all disastrous.

 

I think twists are used for a purpose. Most of the time they catch us unaware and set us up to respond, unprepared. Trapped in our mindset, and focused on what we think is important, we are slapped with a situation that unsettles us and our respond often reveals our narrow-mindedness. They tell us something about ourselves.

I’ve read many stories like these. One of them is called The Good Samaritan. Now in the setting of that story, a Samaritan is a mix-breed, a ‘mongrel’ – untouchable. The twist (I think it would be very predictable by now)  at the end of the story is that this mongrel turned out to be the hero. The reader (or listener) is asked, what do you think? It is no longer the social/moral standing of the person that is in question. It’s the listeners’ that mattered. The table is turned around.

Another of my favorite ‘Pulitzer Prize Winning’ story is The Good News. A great man, believed to be the reincarnated God brought hope and joy to people who suffered under the Roman Empire and the oppression of religious sect of his time. Soon , they found out that the man was scandalously borned out of wedlock. Again, what do you think? Do you get it?

Then there’s the ‘two-thumbs-up’ Passion of the King. In his revolutionary cause, the King had rallied many behind him. These men wanted to know who amongst them were most qualified to sit on the King’s right and left – speaking of their status in his kingdom. When the King was finally installed (at his death, nailed onto a cross), the men who were on his sides were thieves awaiting their death.  

The latest film in the making, about a columnist who revealed his scandalous lifestyle that stirs the ‘peaceful’ and ‘harmonious’ community he is in. Of course, the twist is still unknown to all of us. Probably there’s none. But just like the earlier stories, it’s not about who the Samaritan is, it’s not about how the God-man is borned and it’s not about who sits with the King. It’s about who we are. 

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