I have written on the subject of a temple being the original theater before and, would like to expand the concept. The temple is the first theater. The actors, settings, and scenarios are simply a “template” of reality.
Theater: Since the temple is the original theater, the way a theatrical plays out follows that order. A look into how a theatrical is broken down into its separate parts can offer valuable insight to life, much like a template. We’ll start from the smallest view and grow it to the largest view, and you’ll see what I mean.
What most call a “play” is not really what you think it is. A “play” is only what is happening on stage at the time. Expand the view a little further, and you have the “scene.” Multiple scenes make up an “Act.” Multiple acts make up a “Trilogy.” Multiple trilogies make up an “Epic.” Since this is probably the first time most of you have heard this concept, I’ll summarize: Play> Scene> Act> Trilogy> Epic.
The Epic encompasses the entire theatrical. The Epic is ultimately the really big picture. An Epic is broken down into Trilogies, meaning it’s a three part work, …components to a larger work (Epic). Each trilogy is broken into three acts.
Movies are written using a three act structure. In theater language it is made up of: the setup, the conflict, and the resolution. In our mormon language, we’d call it: preexistence, the fall (earth life), and life after death. Both fit as you recognize the preexistence as the setup, the fall as the conflict, and life after death as the resolution. The hero is the character/s who maintain a view of the really big picture (the Epic) throughout the conflict, and trust in eternal principles as an unshaken foundation. The villains and road blocks for the hero are the players on the stage who cannot see past the scene or the play. In gospel language, they cannot see beyond the veil.
Conclusion: Those able to recognize the bigger picture aren’t in such a hurry to accumulate immediate pleasures (Epic perspective). They recognize that holding off on the immediate satisfaction for the greater reward is far more rewarding. In the Star Wars trilogy, Obiwan Kanobi and Master Yoda had the Epic view.
Luke Skywalker, in Master Yoda’s swamp, had difficulty seeing past the immediate needs of his friends, and postponed his training in the swamp. However, in the conflict he recognized his short-sightedness and the necessity to finish his training, repented and returned to the swamps, to Master Yoda. In the end, Luke becomes a Jedi Knight, and uses his “Epic perspective” to help his father Darth Vader return to the light.
Since the original theater is the temple, if we can grow our perception to view things as God does (Epic), we wouldn’t be so easily swayed by, the events, setting and characters trying to distract our view. We’ll be more willing to wait patiently upon the Lord.
“Use the force, Padawan!”