Ready Player One, a Steven Spielberg film.
I saw this movie finally.
My oldest (40 something) told me I'd like it.
He was right.
There were so many cultural reference points in it that got a kick out of spotting them, and I'm sure I missed many.
The plot is about a young protagonist who enters a simulated reality created by a reclusive and now departed computer genius.
But it's really about connectivity, of the human sort.
There's a lot of suspension of disbelief involved.
Like many of this genre (Inception and The Matrix comes to mind), you try and figure out how the real world is influencing the sim world, or vice versa.
But I found it to be an ultimately satisfying movie.
And I woke up the next morning, and as is my custom, I began to thank my Father in heaven for a new day and all the blessings I enjoy. After all, I did wake up.
Then I began to think of the intricate universe He created and I was reminded of the movie and the intricate simulated world that the recluse programmer (and I assume his team) created.
Throughout the movie, in order to win the contest, the hero investigates everything he can get his hands on to understand the motives and intent of the creator in order to win.
I (and you) live in an intricately created world. It was given to us to live in.
And the clues are there for us to deduce a Creator.
He even gave us a book that describes the rules and His intent.
When the original players were put into the game, they broke the rule. One simple rule.
But that rule was the one that demonstrated their inability to follow the rules.
They broke the world.
Literally broke the world. (That's why we can't have nice stuff.)
And it's been broken since.
And the players have been trying to find the reason it was made.
Trying to win.
Trying to find the prize.
So few are willing to follow the rule.
So few are willing to read the instructions and if they do, fewer believe they apply.
But those who do, in the end, meet the Creator.
And like Willy Wonka, he gives them everything.
All He asks, like most of us, is to be believed.