Saturday, March 1, 2008

Creating Reality

This story about a woman's Holocaust story being a hoax brings up similar thoughts and emotions as the film Atonement. You can read the whole story about her elaborate hoax. The 71-year old woman states that she "found it difficult to differentiate between what was real and what was part of my imagination." I also recently watched Be Kind Rewind last night, a lighthearted and whimsical film that also deals with whether or not reality is something beyond us or if it is something we can create and manipulate. This philosophy that we can create our own reality is so interesting to me; it affects history, narrative, and our own identities. Is reality objective or subjective? Which is more true--my memory of long-lost events, or the event itself? Which is more true--a historical account that includes only objectives facts, or an imagined story set in the course of history? This all leads to the postmodern question: can we ever truly access an objective reality, or will our realities forever be subject to our own contexts, paradigms, and imaginations?

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  1. Excellent post and thoughts.
    I want you to know I really enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to reading more of your blog in the future.
    I am just getting into the emerging Church. I see that God is blessing the movement. I pray that God will bless your family and ministry in a powerful way.
    Keep up the great blogging.
    In Him,
    Kinney Mabry

  2. Kinney-
    Thanks for the encouragement and thanks for joining the conversation!