By William Markiewicz

In the movie “Dead Man Walking”, a nun confronts a young prisoner convicted of a rape and murder. He tries to seduce her, saying, “You are a very attractive woman.” She answers, “Will you stop your macho act?”

Here a young man representing brutality and lust confronts a woman submitted to all the restrictions, living an austere life, and she displays power of character, cool mind and serenity. She ends by subduing the young criminal and the rest of the movie portrays how she guided him to his death giving him the maximum support.

For a secular psychiatrist a nun might be seen as a potential victim of all the possible psychosomatic traumas. Believers would easily conclude that her faith must represent the Truth from which she drew all her power. But any representatives of a faith -- mullah, rabbi, minister, even a secularist -- could accomplish the same. So it was not the specificity of her platform but the power of her mind that accomplished what she did. I read a story, probably known to many, of a young man who froze to death in a refrigerator wagon. He wrote “I feel I am freezing” and he did freeze to death – even though the wagon wasn’t refrigerated at all. The human mind has power according, not to one’s wishes, but to one’s convictions. The human mind is perhaps unique in that it can create a platform of its own reality. In the movie, “Matrix” the question of reality and illusion is the topic. Reality indeed exists and all living creatures and things depend on it. The bits of human dramas dispersed in individual platforms put everything in question. Most are unaware of it except for some mystics, quanta physicists, philosophers and other involved ones.

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