Sunday, March 28, 2010

Masters of Dillusion

There's a couple of big time secular movies that emphasize some pretty solid Biblical principles. One of the principles is that "you can't deceive a grownup person-- they choose to be deceived."

We talked about payoffs yesterday... a person chooses to be deceived because they just want the payoff. Take "Cypher" from "The Matrix." He knew the steak wasn't real, but he didn't like reality. So he wanted back into the deception. Some people just sniff at Truth, and know deep down that they'll have to give up some pet things, like sin, dysfunction, with all the juicy payoffs and decide it's better just not to know Truth.

That's what's so great about "Shutter Island." (Spoiler alert here). Teddy sees Truth and decide it's better not to exist in that world. Delusion has a seemingly much better payoff.

In "The Imposter," James, the leader of the band, deep down knows what Johnny's doing. But to acknowledge it would be to possibly lose everything he's worked for-- his music, the band, the ministry. So James chooses to be deceived, until he decides he can't live this way anymore.

Johnny's wife Tara is the same way. The "don't ask, don't tell" means you can stick your head in the sand and not see what your spouse is doing. This way, there's nothing to confront... seemingly nothing to lose.

My mentor says that confronting is creating. Conflict is destruction. The avoidance of confrontation will always lead to conflict.

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