The Parable of Doubt Revealed
by, October 21st, 2009 at 02:25 AM (1163 Views)
Again, I have been too subtle in the creation of a story for my own good. Because it is still being judged, I am putting my explanation here and I won't lie by saying I don't want this to help in getting votes. It is what it is as, my boss would say.
First of all, the reason for the story. Doubt is one of the lesser appreciated themes that I feel comes out of the Bible and I wanted to write a story focusing on it. I remember vaguely the cautions given about following certain future Churches that revelations said would fall from the path of Christ. Also, I am reminded of a passage, which I could not find, in the Gospel where Christ revealed himself to the Disciples after his resurrection and one asked to see the wounds in his hands. Christ did not rebuff him for needing to see.
Yes, the work does have the effect of reminding the reader about the Bible. I did and did not have this intention in mind. I wanted the piece to stand alone but because I wanted the gravitas of the Bible narrative, I chose to write the story in the same format. It looks a lot better in the original format that I could not use here. Again, I am using this story to expound on the theme of doubt I picked up from the Bible.
As for the world never having nighttime, I needed this to play up the darkness theme, as well as, the beggar's blindness. I tried to subtly hint that blindness was not a common occurance in this world. In fact, this man may be the first blind person in this world. Again, I used the idea that the person's affliction was used by their God to reveal the sin's of the Elders. The Father wanted to teach the people and the Elders.
Second, as I stated in the intro, there are two references to darkness in the story. The first is the beggar's blindness. Not overly subtle, but some people might not pick up on it. Second, darkness is also represented by the world change created by having to doubt those that all your life you had trusted implicitly. Again, I tried to be very subtle in stating this relying heavily on the Bible stlye narrative to strengthen the theme.
I admit that I get frustrated when people miss out on the meaning of my stories, but this is how I think on subjects. Hell, even I have a hard time expressing a feeling or idea that is sitting heavy upon my heart. However, I would rather like to explain my point of view and see a light come on in someone's eyes than reaching for an easier theme. To me, this is why America's education system has fallen. Instead of working to find new and better ways to teach the hard stuff correctly, many schools and teachers resorted to just lowering their standards. Hopefully, this explanation gives everyone a better sense of what my story was about. Thanks.