The Mystical, the mysterious…. Attie Awards
I was talking to someone the other day about this week’s Attie award winner. He couldn’t understand my feelings about this guy. My friend basically said, “Dude, it’s just a book, why are you so worked up about it?”
See, that’s just the point. As someone who wants to be a published writer and who knows some first class writers who haven’t been published, the fact that this guy is a block buster seller is just too much to handle.
So, Dan Brown, step up and get your Attie.
Look, you can say what you want, but nothing is just a book or a movie or a song. There is always a point behind it, no matter how cagey artists try to be, or chant the stupid mantra, “it’s what ever you want it to mean”. This statement is such a postmodern load. Every artist has their worldview.
And, you know what? There is nothing wrong with this.
Dan Brown obviously has the worldview that all religions are the same and if we could all realize that fact, we would be enlightened. He makes this clear when he writes in the words of one of the heroes in his latest book, The Lost Symbol, “We’ve lost the word and yet it’s true meaning is still within reach, right before our eyes. It exists in all the enduring texts from the Bible to the Bhagavad Gita to the Koran and beyond. All of these texts are revered upon the alters of Freemasonary because Masons udnerstand what the world seems to forgotten that each of these texts, in it’s own way, is quietly whispering the exact same message, “Know ye not that ye are gods?”
It’s a nice sentiment, but it’s skubulos for a number of different reasons. I know that Brown thinks he is doing religion a service by saying we all mean the same things when we talk about God, etc and so. But, it’s actually highly insulting. While what he is saying is true on a superficial level, at their core, religions do say fundementally different things about many issues. It’s condescending and insulting to Buddhism to say that it’s basically the same as Christianity, and vice versa. It fails to take either seriously by patting them on the hand and saying, “I know better than you.”
Guess what, Dan? The solution to our problems is NOT to say that everyone, deep down, we all agree with each other. We don’t. The solution is to be able to tolerate everyone’s differences and not kill them for it. It’s just that simple. While I will grant you that there is much about our fundemntal humanity we agree on, our answers to the deep questions are often vastly different.
Plus, look, while Brown can tell a story and keep you reading, he is a BAD writer. Not because he is a popular writer. There are many popular writers who are actually good. I have said on my Facebook page that I’m going to create a drinking game for those who read this book. Take one drink everytime a woman swoons over Langdon’s scholarly good looks. Take two every time Langdon reflects lovingly over someone’s eyes. Take three everytime Langdon’s cleverness is displayed and solves what everyone else deems unsolvable. You won’t make it through the book.
So, Dan, step up and get your Attie your forgetable attempt at trying to bring us all together in perfect harmony. If Coke couldn’t do it, what makes you think you could?
St. Thomas, release the literary hounds.
PS- Dan Brown is going to be interviewed by Matt Lauer on the Today Show. I’m not going to watch it because I don’t think my tv could stand that much D-baggery. It could possibly explode.