Lord of the Flies and The Table of Wisdom Knights

Sometimes serendipity has a way of appearing to us even when we are not realizing it at the moment.

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Such was the case recently when I overheard two teen students at the library discussing a homework assignment regarding the symbolism in a novel they both read.

It was the Lord of the Flies, a William Golding book first published in 1954. Two movies have been based on the novel, in 1963 and 1990, but I haven’t seen them.

What I learned, from my eavesdropping and later research, is that the story is both a physical “manifestation of the beast, a symbol of the power of evil, and a kind of Satan figure who evokes the beast within each human being.”

Looking at the novel in the context of biblical parallels, the Lord of the Flies recalls the devil, just as the character Simon in the story recalls Jesus. I learned the title “Lord of the Flies” is a literal translation of the name of the biblical name ‘Beelzebub,’ a powerful demon in hell sometimes thought to be the devil himself.

The story is basically about some boys stranded on an island after their plane crashes. No adults survive the crash. They are left to fend for themselves on an island that has everything they need to survive. At first, the boys maintain order and are civilized, but as time wears on, they grow savage and anarchistic.

That very day, I’m eating lunch at a quaint Texas Hill Country cafe listening to some local farmers and ranchers complaining about the return of the flies this season.

“Those damn flies are satanic, you know,” one of the older ranchers said as his plate arrived on the table. The others listened seriously.

“The Bible and even many great works of literature has plenty to say about the symbolism of evil regarding flies,” the respected man continued. “Look it up, you might learn you a thing or two.”

“What will it tell me,” quickly replied the usual loudest of this regular lunch group. “So what does it mean when Obama, or Hillary and even traitor Mike Pence all have flies buzzing on their heads or in their face on TV for all the world to see?”

The rancher knights around their Table of Wisdom all laughed, but the wise one simply deadpanned, “Let us know after you read the Bible.”

I’m not sure about the Table of Wisdom Knights, but I looked it up in the Bible.

Then I looked up the rancher’s question about flies and politicians. It appears that the fly appearances in politics and media began during the Obama Administration years.

Flys then began making cameo presentations on Mainstream Media broadcasts.

Suddenly, they began making additional political appearances.

Social media chimed in:

…and then, along came Pence:

All hell broke loose.

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  1. What an insightful article. We read “The Lord of the Flies” in high school and saw the movie. Your analysis is dead on; that book was describing us without Christ and devil worship; I was a new Christian and totally got it. But I hadn’t known how many appearances flies had been making everywhere. Very significant, symbols of death and corruption. Even the farmers know that; the politicians better wake up!

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