Posted by lex, on May 16, 2006
I understand why any number of devout Christian folk don’t like Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code,” and are unhappy about it being made into a Major Motion Picture. The book takes sacred elements of historical fact – or at least, recorded events, if you prefer – and twists them up into all kinds of fictional knots. Analogous to those books wondering how the American Civil War would have gone if Rob’t E. Lee had AK-47’s, and so on. Interesting, perhaps. But not entirely germane.
I guess the original story wasn’t cool enough. That whole love and hope and conquering death thing? So not impressive anymore. Not in an era of CGI. Not when that nasty old hockey-masked Jason Keeps. Coming. Back. Over and over again.
But this is probably a bit too much:
In India, which is home to 18 million Catholics, the head of the Catholic Secular Forum has begun a “hunger strike until death”.
Em. Good cause, and all that. Appreciate the “passion,” etc. But, ah: Suicide, is it? Because last time I checked my catechism, that was filed under, “unpardonable sin.” Lethal lack of hope, which is bad enough in its own right, but little to no chance to make amends after, considering that it’s the dying thing which completes the act.
No, the way to go here is to go and enjoy some cinematic fiction if you feel like it. Or, if the mood serves differently, don’t. Protest if you’d like, but let’s don’t kill anyone. Not even ourselves. Read up a bit on the gospels and be prepared to tell the newly energized credulous that, yes, it was entertaining and all, well played, thought Tom Hanks was marvy, but: Didn’t happen quite that way. Or if it did, no one bothered to write about it in the first couple hundred years after the fact. Which casts, you know: Kind of a shadow.
But since we’re on the topic? And I’ve got your attention? It’s a pretty good story, just as it was written.