Every now and then, a phrase pops up in our everyday lives that causes us to put everything aside and focus on the gravity of what was said.
That being said, even fictional vehicles have the opportunity to set the mind reeling.
This afternoon, on a well-deserved and so far well-spent day off from school, I was a rare few moments playing a video game which has touched my life in a large way. It may seem odd that something such as a video game has had a major effect on my life, but thus it stands.
I won't try and go into the main details of the game, because for the purposes of this blog they would just confuse you. Let's just say the game involves an underwater utopia named Rapture, an addictive drug named ADAM and the carriers of that drug, young girls called Little Sisters, who were created by scientist Dr. Brigid Tenenbaum, who originally discovered ADAM as well. ADAM, as explained by Tenenbaum in her Audio Diary "ADAM Explained": "ADAM acts like a benign cancer, destroying native cells and replacing them with unstable stem versions. While this very instability is what gives it its amazing properties, it is also what causes the cosmetic and mental damage."
Tenenbaum is the person who uttered the phrase that made me turn off the game, sit in her utter silence and reflect. In her Audio Diary "Maternal Instinct", Tenenbaum reflects on her career as a scientist, working in the German Prison Camps of World War II. In the midst of her tortured monologue, Tenenbaum utters the phrase that triggered my reaction:
"What makes something like me? I look at genes all day long, and never do I see the blueprint of sin."
From the first utterance of the phrase "Blueprint of Sin", my mind couldn't handle trying to analyze it.
I tried to think of what that could entail. Was it an abstract concept, used to personify evil or did she actually mean that we could all be imbued with a DNA Sequence that triggers sin in all living things.
Could it be possible sin could be barnacled onto our DNA? Eventually sin often triggers mental conditions, which further exacerbate the internal qualities of sin and make them external. But could that gross Sin DNA be lying dormant in every one of us, waiting for the opportunity the grow and multiply like a virus within us?
Tenenbaum saw this Blueprint of Sin within her, and this set her on a course to push back the tide of her misdeeds. But is it possible for any of us to recognize copious amount of sin lying dormant in our system?
To clarify, I don't mean the sin that naturally within us all. I realized long ago the flaw of sin is an ailment we all suffer from. But, are some people born with an Evil Gene that goes beyond that Original Sin?
The Blueprint of Sin is something which possibly contains many parts:
1. At the base is the Original Sin, which we all know we are born with. Most people are readily willing to admit to having this sort of Sin etched into their DNA.
2. The next level up is Man-Made Sin, or Sin was borne of the lust within flawed humans. These are Sins committed by people who have no concept of a deity ruling and governing their lives. These are Sins crafted by those who know nothing of purity.
3. The final level is the Evil Gene I mentioned previously. A section of our DNA that pushes us, controls us and encompasses us until we commit acts so heinous that we are seen as monsters by the rest of the world.
Who may have had this Evil Gene? Hitler? Benedict Arnold? Even the new figure of Joseph Kony may be carrying the Evil Gene.
The frightening thing about this section of the Blueprint of Sin is that it may be largely unnoticeable until it is too late. Acts of terrible Sin may occur before one even realizes that there is an insect in their heart burrowing away at their resolve until they crack, turning against mankind in vicious and cruel ways.
But, you have to think, are there ways of detecting it? Are there little signs that may lead to one realizing that the Evil Gene resides within us? Tenenbaum may not be a real person, but she was able to see the Evil Gene within her. She was able to see that the drug she discovered and the creatures she invented were abominations, and decided to end the Sin once and for all.
But is it all that simple? Will we true human beings know when the time comes that we need to end the cycle of terror we have created? I really don't think it will be that simple.
We need to look at our heart of hearts and true self NOW, before any of these things happen. But, who knows, they may already have happened and we are already on the path the Evil Gene has set us on?
I want you all to think now about terrible things you may, or may not, have done in your own lives. Do you weigh higher on the scale of the divine, or no? Do any of them truly constitute being called Evil?
If so, you need to step back, as Tenenbaum did, and put an end to the abuse of your soul. If possible, right the wrongs you have unleashed on the world. Repose and reflect on them and shed the guilt from yourself, and plant a seed of knowledge within your mind to censor the acts you commit.
Tenenbaum's plight teaches us that we can become evil, if we don't self-govern our souls. If we allow ourselves to become lazy and not trust in the Almighty, whatever that may be, we can unwilling drown in the dark ocean of Sin.
Tenenbaum's situation led her to record an Audio Diary ("Hatred") which sums up what can happen when you allow the Evil Gene in our Blueprint of Sin to fester into a disease:
"One of the children came and sat in my lap. I push her off, I shout, 'Get away from me!' I can see the ADAM oozing out of the corner of her mouth, thick and green. Her filthy hair hanging in her face, dirty clothes, and that dead glow in her eye... I feel... hatred, like I never felt before, in my chest. Bitter, burning, fury. I can barely breathe. And suddenly, I know, it is not this child I hate."
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