We watched The Village last night with our two boys. I am an M. Night Shyamalan fan anyway but I really like this flick because it is a thriller without anything supernatural. After the movie finished I got to share with the boys thoughts on the premise.
(Spoiler alert! Skip ahead to the next paragraph if you ever plan to watch the film- If you want to know the story line in a nut shell: it is about a group of people who meet in a counsel group. The have all lost someone to a heinous crime. They decide to create an idealistic place in the shelter of a wildlife reserve. They live off the land as a perfect, peaceful, colonial style village. But to maintain their illusion they create creatures who live in the woods. So two generations have grown up fearing the woods.)
The most obvious discussion point is the validity of creating a place of temporal safety at the expense of truth. My ten year old is still in the the black and white stage (which I love,) he replied “No way!” He could not see a reason that could make it worth it.
My 14 year old has a growing understanding of society and he didn’t answer right away. I think it showed the depth of his understanding by his lack of a conclusive answer.
It brings to mind the words from Patrick Henry’s famous speech —
“Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.”
As I tucked my boys in I affirmed that there was nothing worthy enough to be exchanged for truth, especially not when we speak of things of God. Only in Christ (2 Corinthians 3:14) will we have the veil removed from our eyes to see clearly past religion, dogma and society.
Look to Christ, be set free.