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Growing up means things change. Your experiences shape your perceptions, and eventually you stop seeing things the same way and realize you might not believe in what you used to believe. Just like you thought Dragonball Z made sense or you could grow up to be a tiger-training astronaut, some people grow up and question whether or not they truly believe in God, and sometimes come to the conclusion that the religious organization they’re part of is wrong. While there are plenty of complex, tragic tales out there regarding loss of religion, for some of us, it was much simpler: we realized we didn’t believe it, wanted to get out, and want to move on with our lives. But sometimes, that’s the hardest way to go.
(Please note that, while I’m addressing religion of all types in the general sense, my examples and references will be predominantly related to Christianity, simply because that’s where my personal experiences lie. ALSO I’M ‘MURIKAN, AND ‘MURKIA IS CHRISTIAN NATION!)
Yeah yeah, I know. I apologize in advance, since The Walking Dead has already been written about ad naseum by everyone ever, but instead of discussing what you’ve already heard from more competent writers, I’m going to discuss a bit of my own personal experiences and pose a theory of why many might feel the way they do.
Note: This article contains some massive spoilers from season 2 of Alias. Read at your own risk if you haven’t seen the show.
Serious drama is a really hard thing to pull off. That sounds kind of dumb, because drama’s really the baseline for every coherent story you’ll ever tell–even comedies usually have some pseudo-dramatic throughline to make us care about what we’re laughing at. But doing pure, unadulturated, opening-your-heart-and-ripping-it-out dramatic shockers is really really hard. Plot twists go wrong when it feels like they’re twists for the sake of twists, carry no emotional weight, or have been so carefully mapped out that you can predict them, prepare for them, and thus feel no emotional gut-punch that should have been the whole point. Millions have attempted a “Luke, I am your father,” but more fail than succeed. Talking about the history of big plot twists would be a huge endeavor, and it’s not something I have any intention of doing, but I’d like to look at a very massive dramatic twist in one particular show, Alias.