Continuing on some of my commentary about the Mythic Truth website, today I choose morality as a topic. He has two quotes about morality:
To a man who has lost all his principles, morality is always dreadfully complicated.
Morality is not hard to know, it is hard to do.
Morality, even Christian morality, is a theme running through the Lord of the Rings. Frodo forgetting himself to save the shire he loved. Aragorn staying always aware of his one true love, even in the midst of others adoration. Gandolf’s sacrifice and presumed death to save the others. Merry and Pippins involvement in the struggle, even when others tried to deter them. I could go on, but I thin you get the point.
In an age where morality is a word that allot of people would prefer to ignore, morality refuses to be ignored. Anyone who wants to know what is right and wrong, can easily find the truth. But is it the truth we seek, or a truth we want to hear?
What would God have us do? I’ll leave you with Micah 6:8
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.
I’m reading over the Mythic Truth website . It’s a detailed analisys of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy from a Catholic perspective. I must say that this is a very good work. The explaination of how “Middle Earth” came into being is a little geeky for me, but there are some great comparisons here. I would encourage any LOTR fan to look over this. At some point (as with any work that delves deep into someones Theological perspective, there may be some things that you don’t agree with. But overall, this is a great piece of writing. Over the next few posts (how often or lack thereof they may be) I will cover some points that was significant to me.
For straters, he does a great job in defining the purpose of myth , in that it doesn’t mean “fiction”, and why that is important.
It may be that the very reason we wish it to be true is that we were made to wish it, by the One who made it true. God created us incomplete, because the kind of creature than can only be perfected by its own choices [and so through Quest and trial] is more glorious than the kind that has only to be whatever it was made to be by another.
The story may not be true, but maybe the essence of it is. Maybe this really is taking place to some degree in our lives. How serious does our ultimate destiny weigh on our lives? Are we mindful of where we are going?
In leaving today, I have on admonition:
Be kind, for everyone you meet is facing a great battle.
I sometimes understand what it feels like to be Frodo. To bear a burden that few seem to understand. To carry responsibilities that are so much larger than I am. To walk through an unfriendly land, having my energy drained, and having to press on, trudge on, even in the midst of great pain, inner and physical. To be surronded by people who at times think less of me or doubt the abilities I posses. Thats why I cheer for Frodo. Because Frodo is me.