Sacred stories are the stories that are set into our religious teachings which further our understanding of human behaviours and the way god or the religious teachings of our culture encourage us to behave towards others, society, environments and the world. Sacred stories are reflected through our literature, poetry, films, music, art, dance and ceremonies.
A prime example of a sacred story is the parable of ‘The Good Samaritan’ which was written in the New Testament in the Book of Luke. It took place in the biblical times in the Middle East in a small town called Jericho. It’s about a man from Samaria who saw a man beaten up and robbed lying on the side of the road. He went over to him and took care of him and paid for him to be looked after in a local inn.
In society these days’ people aren’t encouraged to help one another as there are too many technicalities involved such as suing and liabilities. For instance if there was a car accident and someone stopped and tried to help them and the person in the accident died in the process the family could blame that person and sue them for causing the death even though they were only trying to be a good Samaritan. This makes people afraid and cautious to do the right thing and help others out as they are too worried about the safety of themselves, making them like the priest and Levi turning their backs to someone in need of help. This makes it easy for people to hide behind the rules instead of going out of their way to help other people. Therefore people put themselves before others asking ‘what’s in it for me’ instead of doing it because it’s the right thing to do.
Movies like ‘Pay it Forward’ help promote a positive message of being a Good Samaritan. This is because Trevor comes up with a plan to change the world by doing three big favours for other people and in return they have to do the same to three other people. Making everyone see that the world can be a better place if you can be bothered to do something...