One of the morals of the movie was very clear and powerful.
As certain we might be that the WTS does not have the answers for us – we may even feel that the organization is corrupt and evil – still, because of our long-term investment of time and interest with it, its influence over us comes with us into our new life away from the borg and remains with us for many, many years.
At one time, we had many ideas that were as true to us as if they were living beings. Over time, sometimes painfully to us, in our separation from the WTS we had to rid ourselves of those ideas mentally, yet their influence over us may continue to be strong. Celebration of holidays, voting – a wide range of beliefs and activities once felt improper – we may still shy away from. We are uncertain, almost unwilling to shed those old, mistaken ideas. Now no longer a believer, we often continue to act as if we were. Those wrong teachings follow us as if they were real.
Nash came to accept this truth about himself. The trio that followed him since his college days did so throughout his life. What changed was his view and treatment of them and the level of his submission to their influence and control. Yes, they were still ‘there,’ he still ‘saw’ them, but he did saw that it was up to him whether or not he talked to them or otherwise interacted with them. He knew their reality existed only in his mind and so, were not real.
ExJWs will be able to see a very good analogy between that and the ‘truth’s we learned years ago. It is a movie worth seeing.