The Giver introduces us to a world without color, and emotion. We have seen this theme repeated in several movies, one of which is a surprisingly really good movie that never made it to the big screen; Equilibrium. The premise is that human emotions and choice contributed to all that is bad in the world, so to make a better one, these two should be eliminated. The flaw in this system is that they allow one person to carry the memory of what humanity was, just in case something comes up that no one has a reference for. It is this flaw that propels this movie to its predictable end, one I think I don’t fully comprehend.
This black and white world is probably how some people envision heaven to be. A place without tears (no emotions) and no evil (no pain). It is a community in complete harmony, with no indifference, and no conflict of any sort. A world where words such as ‘love’ and ‘family’ no longer have value or meaning.
Jonas is chosen from among his peers to be a receiver of memories. What he doesn’t know is that the Giver has a much greater plan for him than he could ever imagine. Jonas’ calling card is to “Listen to what’s calling from inside.”
There is a thought that deep calls unto deep that resides in all human beings. It is a premonition, desire, a gut-feeling that we can either choose to pursue, or ignore it by piling our lives high in distraction. There are enough distractions in this world to drown out our purpose and destinies, and keep us from ever achieving or becoming great. Greatness resides in us all, but it is in silence, in darkness, where we learn to listen to what already is, that we begin to ascend into a greater consciousness. Most people who find God are those who have found this silence when His voice becomes clear enough to be heard. He seldom shouts, and I believe if He did this world would shatter to pieces. He speaks for only those willing to listen, to hear.
In a world where emotions are suppressed, and love is vanquished, there may be commonality, peace, and order, but what remains of humanity if the very substance called love in which we were formedis stripped from our existence? Do we really want peace at the expense of becoming puppets? The reality is, when one who is forced to stop feeling begins to experience emotions again, they realize finally that even though there is bad in this world, life is worth living and worth enjoying. Our ability to feel love also means we will feel pain, but it somehow manages to balance itself out, or we would all lose our minds.
One final note. Some form of medicine is used in all the movies like this to suppress memories, and emotions. Is there an underlying truth to this? We consume foods that are integrated with preservatives and chemicals. We are fed some form of medication for just about everything, yet humanity is far sicker than we use to be when there were no drugs. Most of the ingredients in what we consume would baffle even the greatest spelling bee champion, and we have no idea where these substances come from, but we are conditioned to put total confidence and trust in a system that feeds us on these things regularly. Now we find that people are struggling with the whole concept of love, expressing emotions, and our memories are really bad. Just something to think about.
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