by Rocket Kirchner
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July 13, 2009
How does one take a universal nonviolent message that is all inclusive, and pervert it into an exclusive violent message that is steeped in a specific family passed on through the ages instead of the family of man? TALENT. And writer Dan Brown has it. Somehow this great author after 4 books has managed to strike a nerve where we are most vulnerable: our racism. The Divinci Code would have been a hit all on its own just by the mere pacing and intrigue of the book with its strong characters and amazing sense of detail to plot. It is a thriller of the first degree and it appeals to our intellect as well as the kind of action that we all love in a book. But in all its aesthetic greatness, let’s look deeper into what the writer is trying to say.
The message of The Davinci Code is that Jesus did not come to Earth to preach a universal message, but rather to start a family with all its keep off the grass signs firmly in tact, with a whole set of codes and knights to violently guard it. Mmmm. Beats me. When I read the new testament he seems to be tearing down the family by stating that only those who do the will of God are his mothers, brothers, and sisters. No family values here folks. He also firmly told his followers to love their enemies. The guardians of the grail seek to kill them. They have become exactly what they hate in the Roman Catholic Church. And then there is this whole bloodline thing. Jesus’ message was to end that. That was one of the reasons that his own people did not like his message being so universal.
Now this all makes for good fiction, but one question remains: why is it so damn popular? Being popular is one thing, but being Elvis popular is quite another. I think it is over the top popular because the world is still bloodline racist nuclear family exclusive in its thought and action. The real kicker is that those who appear to be so hip like it because it is taboo. But is it really taboo? It mirrors our selfishness, and shows how provincial we really are. That is not taboo. Interesting yes, but taboo…no. Taboo is to be found in the revolutionary Jesus of the 4 gospels that subverted all of the values of the Roman Empire, the Jewish Law, the social structures of his day, and changed the hearts of men. Truth is always stranger than fiction. And more exciting too.
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