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REALITY “We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented.”

Movie quote from: The Truman Show (1998) - Christof (Ed Harris)truman

Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) lives an ideal life in the beautiful and secure town of Seahaven.  He has a greatjob, a loving wife, and everybody knows and loves him.  He has no idea that his world is actually a huge Hollywood set populated with actors portraying characters in his life’s story.  Set in the skies over Seahaven lives Cristof (Ed Harris), the man who writes and directs the script that is Truman’s life.  The Truman Show is an intriguing consideration; is it wise to seek a deeper understanding of the reality behind the reality we perceive?

Each person’s reality is simply their perspective.  There is an objective reality and then there’s the ’truth’ that has been shaped by human experience and emotion.  Truth is often intentionally or unintentionally obscured by individuals pursuing outcomes different that those of harsh reality.  There is always more to life than we know.    

Truman accepts his odd existence.  As Cristof points out, “We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented.”  Truman does not question why his wife holds products up and describes them as if she was in a television commercial.  He doesn’t wonder why everything happens at the same time every day; he hasn’t known it to be anything else.  He knows the whole world revolves around him because, well, it does.  At least, this is how it is within his reality.

A series of production mistakes causes Truman to awaken from his beliefs. A stage light falls from the ‘sky’.  Strange messages are broadcast on his car radio.  He sees a man who looks like his father who had died several years/episodes earlier.  Truman decides to escape his reality by facing his fears and sailing beyond the horizon of what he knows.  The metaphors are endless in this film.   

The Truman Show teaches that it is ultimately good to break away from the false aspects of present-day perceptions.  Although we may grieve the loss of our previous convictions, we are liberated to explore whole new realities by letting go of old beliefs.  This can be deeply fulfilling, as our true identity emerges naturally within a more truthful world.  Sometimes we must break away from our perceptions to discover more about the ‘tru-man’ within.