The Da Vinci Code has become the talk of the town since Dan Brown released this novel last two years ago. It has already been everybody’s mouth in school and everywhere I go. Before I left Quezon City for semestral break last 2005, I always heard my friends and dormitory mates, teachers and block mates, even strangers talking and debating about the content of this novel. Curious as I am, I borrowed a copy from my friend who by that time squealed every detail of the novel. Of course, I always wanted to have a personal experience with the book than just learn its summary by what other sources say. So, among with a good number of friends this friend of mine has, I bequeathed myself with this “virtual pila” that existed on who goes to read the book first and who goes next. By the time it reached to me, sembreak was already striking so I didn’t have the chance to read it from cover to cover. When I get back to my province for vacation, I remember I kept on asking my father to not to forget to get me a copy of it by the time he visits Cebu. And he did. I have a copy of it and so I get the opportunity to finish reading it during my free time.
Yes, the contents of the story are very novel to me. It depicts the “hidden life” of Jesus Christ, his relationship with Mary Magdalene and all other “controversial” facts about his life. According to the book, the Holy Grail is Mary Magdalene herself. Of course, as the author always stresses it, it is a fiction; therefore it is purely a product of human imagination and may not be true and possible. As we Roman Catholics recognize, the church reacts negatively on the “information” this novel exhibits as this can possibly shake the faith of its believers.
Until a movie has been drawn from this novel. Among with other inquisitive minds, I watched the movie myself despite the contradictions of the Catholic Church, not to contravene the doctrines of my church but for me to have a disclosure of all the issues related to this matter.
I read the book and watched it in the theater and it didn’t change my constructive view on faith and religion. Personally, I believe that an individual always has the power to personally think, decide and act based on his own concepts as influenced by the environment. That’s willpower. As Robert Langdon said on his final statement, “believe in what you think is right.” You do not alter your life because you feel like following the principles of others but you direct your life in the point where it leads to personal growth – spiritually, mentally and emotionally.