the sanctuary of hope

When there is turmoil, confusion, and dysfunction in this world, individuals look to a place where they can find peace and comfort during a difficult time. They look to a place of restoration. It is a sanctuary. It is a place where they can rediscover purpose and passion and what is best for life after they have endured a series challenges in their lives. A sanctuary can either be a physical place, spiritual place, or a combination of both. It is up to the individual to decide. Nevertheless, just knowing that it is there gives the individual the comfort that they need to continue on life’s journey.

"He was a Negro, born an Episcopalian.." (p.103) Like the African American traditional church and its use during the struggles of the Civil Rights movement, Bokononism was used for hope and faith during a very dark period after the World Wars. Faith and hope are what guided those individuals who practiced Bokononism through such a tumultuous time period.
In Jonah’s eye’s Mona was the most beautiful woman. She is referred to in the book of Bokonon, “Mona has the simplicity of the all.” (p. 140) She symbolizes the Proverbs 31 woman who is virtuous in all that she does. She is Jonah’s love. She is his hope. She has faith. She is, just as in the picture of the Artist’s Wife and his love for her, the epitome of beauty.
The broken mirror represents an alternate universe. It represents the escape from reality and yearning to live in a more perfect world that is filled with hope, peace, and love rather than live in a ‘broken’ world. Similar to an individual who would want to live in the alternate universe, Hiro chose to participate in an “imaginary place known as the Metaverse” (p. 23).
The Garden of Eden was created as the perfect paradise. There was no such thing as sin. "The tongue of Eden", as mentioned in the book, was the language of Adam. "It enabled all men to understand each other, to communicate without misunderstanding" (p. 278). This picture represents a land of perfect understanding in which the individual once lived and hopes to live soon. It is a land where chaos does not exist, but harmony and love abound.
This picture represents the importance self-discovery though the mind. 'Utopia' recommends, “Allow people as much time as is necessary for the improvement of their minds, in which they think the happiness of life consists” (p 50). The idea of Utopia was to find freedom and self-realization though good pleasure of mind, body, and soul. One then will be able to acquire peace of mind in which he hopes to accomplish to live a better, more fulfilling life.
Personville, also known as “Poisonville”, was a community where corruption, greed, and power appeared to have prevailed. “Play with murder enough and it gets you one of two ways. It makes you sick, or you get to like it” (p. 155). The corruption, the killings, and betrayals symbolized the poison that turned Personville into “Poisonville”. The measures one was willing to take to obtain power in “Poisonville” diminished the hope of the community.
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