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Episode 10 – All the World’s a Stage

The 1998 movie The Truman Show is an exemplary commentary on the human condition and the nature of the false reality in which humanity finds itself. In this milestone 10th episode, Bobby and Jordan proceed to make commentary on the commentary in the hope that Truman will begin to realize that he is, in fact, the star of a cosmically significant television program.

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,

Shakespeare – As You Like it – Act I Scene VII

References in this episode:

Correction – Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sirius

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

John 8:32

The stories of the Garden of Eden and the Flood have more than any others damaged the credibility of the biblical message, being the easiest to visualize, popularize, and satirize of any Bible accounts. Everyone has seen a garden and been caught in a pouring rain, and it requires no effort of the imagination for a six-year-old to convert concise, straightforward Sunday-school recitals into the vivid images that will stay with him for the rest of his life. These stories are discredited as nursery tales because they are nursery tales, retaining forever the forms they take in the imaginations of small children, defended by grownups who refuse to distinguish between childlike faith and thinking as a child when it is time to “put away childish things.” (1 Corinthians 13:11.) It is equally easy and deceptive to fall into adolescent disillusionment, and with emancipated teachers to smile tolerantly at the simple gullibility of bygone days while passing stern moral judgment on the savage old tribal God who, overreacting with impetuous and sadistic violence, wiped out Noah’s neighbors simply for making fun of his boat-building on a fine summer’s day. The most resounding denunciation of the Christian God since the days of Celsus has been his indiscriminate cruelty in sending the flood.

Hugh Nibley – Enoch the Prophet pg 66

2 Comments

  1. George Lattimore
    George Lattimore February 19, 2021

    Great episode!
    More to your point about the Sylvia/Lauren Garland character being a Wisdom archetype, the name Sylvia comes from the Latin word “silva,” which means “wood” or “forest.” This is reminiscent of the connection between Wisdom and the Tree of Life and sacred groves.

  2. Taylor
    Taylor March 17, 2021

    Great discussion on the Truman Show! Another favorite moment of mine is when Christoff is taking calls, and explains that “Everything on the show is for sale. From the actors’ wardrobe, food products, to the very homes they live in.” In Mormon parlance, we might express that as “You can buy anything in this world with money.” Very fitting, since he’s essentially functioning as “the God of this world.”

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