Whose Truth? Essay

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We open on a rural but prosperous church in south central Indiana. A young boy is sitting in a pew flanked by his older brother on his left and his mother on his right. He fidgets. Let me take that back, it isn't a pew. Pews are too "old-fashioned" for this straightforward, progressive church. The truly zealous fill their sanctuary with orange plastic chairs and bolt them to the floor. Marooned in his shiny, pious, orange chair, the boy takes a quick glance towards his mother. She is listening in that seemingly attentive way that gets on his nerves yet depresses him. Her head seems to magically nod at all the right times. The boy has tried in the past to nod with such synchronicity to what was being said before, but he is always falling behind. It's as if he has found himself outside of the subconscious mental link the rest of the congregation shares.Suddenly, with a great shout from the primarily middle aged, middle class, mentally linked congregation, the entire crowd leaps to their feet and the "music group" heads for the stage. The boy considers (not for the first time) the obscenity that has been worked into modern religion by changing the name of the pulpit to "the stage." Old blowhards are puttin' on a show, alright. To the boy, it was one thing to sit and listen to a bunch of old, gray haired fat guys who refused to admit their own ages to themselves pretend that they were a band; but it was entirely another to suffer through song after song performed by the aforementioned "band" consisting of nothing but lovey-dovey country lyrics that replaced "Baby" with "Jesus." The boy tried his best to simultaneously mouth the words to avoid a scolding while tuning out his surroundings and concentrating solely on the rusty old swing set he loves so dearly. Mom says it's dangerous. The boy thought. She keeps telling dad to get rid of MY damn swing set! Well if she lays a finger on it she just might find some of her jewelry missing...The boy barely manages to stifle a snorting chuckle by reminding himself how the next two hours between him and lunch always manage to drag by infinitely slowly.Such was life for the boy growing up in a half-Christian, half go-to-church-when-my-wife-makes-me home. He was constantly barraged with conflicting opinions. While getting different advice- more commands and less "advice" from you-know-who- from each parent on what to do isn't exactly a traumatic childhood; at a young age it teaches a child to be very, very confused. It quite often seemed to the boy that Mom and Dad had become a pair of Iagos, each scheming and deceiving a young (and white) Othello into despising the other. While at the time he had no knowledge of Shakespearean literature, the boy would have associated Iago with his parents almost immediately. With each caustic remark from his mother behind his father's back, and with each "Why did I have to let her chain me down?" from his father, the boy felt more and more like a rather overused tennis ball. He...

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