Monday, December 31, 2007

The Hope Dilemma

I'm not much of a telly addict but there are some shows that hook my attention. Top Gear obviously. Heroes has been the recent fave. And a little while ago, Lost, until it moved to Sky. But wahey, my sister bought us the complete Season 3 box set for Chrimbo so now every night Grace and I can get our fix. Last night we watched two in a row (very nearly three!) the second of which had a really fascinating bit of dialogue. Hard-man Sawyer was trying to talk his love interest Kate out of escaping from the cages they're being held in. Kate couldn't understand why he had suddenly become so resigned to his fate.

KATE: Go! Get out of here, run!
: You're out of your cage. Why don't you run?! Because me? I ain't running, 'cause there ain't no place to go.
: What are you talking about?
: We ain't on our island. We're on another island, like Alcatraz, couple miles off shore. So unless you're a mermaid, or you got a boat, there ain't no point.
: When were you planning on telling me this?
: Never.
: Why not?! Why wouldn't you?!
: 'Cause I wanted you to believe we had a goddamn chance.

This stood out to me because I've had similar thoughts myself. The circumstances of life can make us feel caged. We yearn for escape and form both personal and collective beliefs about when and how we will get out to a better place. But what if one person finds something out that has serious implications for the hope held onto by another one or many? Should that person share it and shatter the hope, or keep quiet, allowing the fragile but life-giving hope to live on?

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Anna Thompson said...

Illusion or self deception can't be the basis of real hope, only truth brings hope.

Matt Wilson said...

Mmm, I'm not sure that truth always brings hope, some truth can be devastating. Perhaps that's why we're encouraged to 'speak the truth in love'?