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With great respect, I think Fr. Barron missed the very Christian point of Inception. The point was not a mystical mapping of the human subconscious,as fruitful a project as that might have been. I believe Inception was a missionary project to Hollywood, and the agenda was anti-relativism. The teaching was this: we are busy creating realities to accommodate our sin but they aren’t really real, man isn’t in charge after all, and the more levels you descend into delusion the thinner these created realities get. Sometimes we lead each other into these realities and some make it out better than others. For example, Leo led Mal into it and made it back out. Mal didn’t. How often to men lead women there for whatever reasons and the women pay a higher price? At the end we are left to wonder if the last scene was reality or dream, but not really. The spinning top wiggled imperceptibly, just enough for the filmmakers to successfully use inception on the audience. We think we choose our own ending, but ask around. Somehow everyone chose to believe the same thing – that the final scene was reality and reality is traditional family life, Back when this movie came out I had lots of details to bear this interpretation out, but I have lost most of them down the time hole. Inception wasn’t trying to map the subconscious. The point was to “incept” to a worldly audience what cannot be said straightly today, “Our private little realities are killing us.”
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