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Monday, February 27, 2006

A quick story to ponder

Here's a story: John and Cindy met just before John was supposed to get married. They connected right away; soul mates, in fact. When John first caught Cindy's eye when she served him breakfast at the diner that first morning, he knew he'd met someone special. Before returning home from his business trip, they spent every night together, making the most passionate love of their lives and sharing their deepest secrets. Neither one of them had ever felt so safe or such a strong connection with another human, nor would they ever.

Because of his marital arrangement, John returned home, got married, had kids, and slaved away at the corporation he worked for. Cindy, too, eventually got married and had a child.

Four years later, Cindy received a postcard from John, stating that he'd like to see her, since he'd be in her area for another business trip. Cindy was delighted. She told her husband she was just meeting with an old friend from high school. When Cindy wouldn't return home at night while John was in town, she just told her husband she had gotten too drunk to return home, which was a lie. John and Cindy returned to the same motel from four years before to rekindle the romance that felt as if it had left off just yesterday.

Years passed and they continued in this pattern. John would come up as he was able to get away from home. Cindy wanted John to leave his wife, but because of societal attitudes toward infidelity and divorce, plus he had his job to keep up. Both of John and Cindy's spouses eventually found out about the affairs, Cindy's husband filing for divorce while John's wife whiled away in painful silence.

After a particularly painful parting, in which Cindy grew angry at John for not leaving his wife, a long lapse in communication occurred. Cindy finally decided to end the silence and sent John a postcard, only to have it returned with a stamp reading "Deceased" over her handwritten note. She called John's wife, who said he was killed in a car wreck on his way home from a business trip.

Cindy was devastated. Her soul mate was gone, her spouse was gone, all because she couldn't be with John. It was society's fault, really. If John wouldn't have had to worry about what people would have said if he left his wife because he was having an affair, they would have been together, at her little house near the diner where she was a waitress. John had always dreamed of owning a restaurant and they'd talked about buying it, running it as a couple if John left his wife.

How much sympathy is there for Cindy and John? Why is there sympathy? Were they wrong for cheating?

Now consider this: you've just read the plot outline from Brokeback Mountain. I'm not kidding. Change the names and events, and it's the same story.


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