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Tuesday, June 07, 2005


Knocking

PBS will air a documentary called Knocking in 2006. It details the subtle yet profound impact of Jehovah's Witnesses on society and their often overlooked plight in Nazi Germany. (The Holocaust Museum dedicates a section to Witnesses.) My maternal grandparents have been baptized Witnesses for around 20 years, and my "geepaw" is an elder, which is exactly like an elder in the Presbyterian faith. I studied with my geepaw for several years, but I never committed to the religion. I'm still uncertain about what my beliefs really are, but I know I'm uneasy with the state of other Christian sects and their followers, especially with respect to the ongoing Culture Wars.

Sometimes, while sifting through news sites and blogs, I can't help but think the Witnesses offer a killer Red Pill. While watching The Matrix, I can't help but see it as a metaphor for religious transformation, for lifting the veil of politics, cynicism, wars, and suffering to see the world -- the universe -- for what it really is.

(Do I get points for mixing a pop culture reference with a sect that categorically rejects pop culture?)


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At Mon Aug 15, 12:01:00 AM CDT, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

You wrote:

While watching The Matrix, I can't help but see it as a metaphor for religious transformation, for lifting the veil of politics, cynicism, wars, and suffering to see the world -- the universe -- for what it really is.

(Do I get points for mixing a pop culture reference with a sect that categorically rejects pop culture?)

I reply:

Curious. The analogy I got out of the Matrix, having been born and raised a Jehovah's Witness, but leaving under the most extreme duress in young adulthood, was this: realizing the religion was false, and leaving the faith for the real world, WAS the waking up. Joining the religion is going to sleep.

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