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Even small acts can have a great impact…

About “The Lost Symbol” and Dan Brown’s encrypted message.

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May I ask to forgive my English; you will not read a great author writing… 

I like Dan Brown’s large imagination that takes you away as far as diving in deep darkness, crossing life – death frontiers, or extending science horizons. But, I find more interesting, stimulating and ever challenging the huge amount of details and references that one would like to see, check and learn more about. You may feel, sometimes, tired “waiting” to advance in the main story direction or would you hope to have fewer details to go though it faster; nevertheless, the information there is very thoughtful. This is the case in all Dan’s books: you learn while reading a novel!  

In general, Dan tries to expose all the facets of the same subject as seen by different points of view and different communities. This means a lot of researches and investigations that are laudable. But, sometimes, he diverges from this scientific approach and adheres to a pragmatic one. Thus, he gives only one variant of “the story” – or the history – even if some wildly known references give different versions.

For sure, it’s not possible to satisfy everybody’s convictions and tendencies! And, I think, that’s why there is a deep and loud (but unheard: encrypted message!) call for tolerance behind Dan’s writing. This will sound familiar from a symbol specialist. Indeed, he found – consciously or unconsciously -a very smart approach to send this message to the reader:

  • Highlight a mystery related to some secret.
  • Open reader eyes about polysemic nature of symbols.
  • Implicitly welcome the reader (“Challenge” him) to think about and to try to solve the mysteries around.
  • Highlight the necessity of knowledge and collaboration to go through it.
  • Add many references to most influencing persons of human kind knowledge and their efforts to illuminate us.
  • Enforce death experience.
  • Enforce the faith power and accentuate the acts that can be done in the name of some convictions.
  • Explain the miseries with basic simplicity.

This leads to the following:

  • Human kind is surrounded by mysteries and secrets greater than human made ones. So, think about them! Death is a good candidate, human mind is another one, and the existence itself can be considered.
  • There is not only one reading or one point of view. So open you mind to others opinion!
  •  The faith – in its large meaning, any kind of deep conviction- gives power but can blind if misunderstanding occurs. So review your convictions and don’t try to justify your acts in its names.
  •  Our minds are the tools that can illuminate our paths in such deep and dark ignorance. And they are more powerful when they work together instead of working against each others.
  • Not all minds have the same abilities, but any of them can learn from the others. If the willing is there.
  • The truth can be so simple that we can’t see it!

In few words, if we work together and respect each others won’t we be able to illuminate our existence and learn from the huge heritage we got from our predecessors!

That is my point of view and I’ll be happy to learn from yours.


Even small acts can have a great impact…


Written by selharti

February 5, 2010 at 12:46 am

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