Note: This post spoils the ending of Life is Strange.
I love choose-your-own-adventure games like Beyond: Two Souls and Life is Strange — games that are essentially interactive movies, letting you explore a world and a story in the shoes of a character who is defined by your choices.
I’m currently playing through Beyond: Two Souls with a friend — it has co-op — and was only recently made aware of Life is Strange.
Since I plan on asking for Life is Strange for my birthday — at the moment I’m trying to save every dollar for other expenses — that has left me with having to watch walkthroughs of the game on YouTube in order to scratch my Life is Strange itch.
Which brings me to: The ending of Life is Strange.
Life is Strange is about the life of Maxine Caulfield (or “Max” as she’s more commonly known), and how her newly-acquired time travel powers have expected (and unexpected) consequences.
The end of the game sees Max having to choose between saving the life of her best friend and lover, Chloe Price, or traveling back in time and allowing Chloe to die when she was supposed to (before Max saved Chloe’s life with her time travel powers), in order to save Arcadia Bay, a town being destroyed as a result of Max’s tampering with space-time.
Which got me thinking:
What would I choose?
Save 1 life or 1,000?
When applicable, I try and filter my choices through my Catholic faith. (For example: I don’t think the Catholic Church cares if I have cereal or a muffin for breakfast.)
I essentially am asking myself “What would Jesus do?”
And, I believe I’ve found an answer.
Jesus would save Chloe.
This is why I believe that:
“What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it? And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’”
~Luke 15:1 — 7
I see Chloe as the lost sheep, and the citizens of Arcadia Bay as the 99 that are left in the desert.
My choice to save Chloe goes beyond “Because I believe it’s what my faith would have me do,” though.
This is why:
I believe that, by Max saving Chloe’s life, that act opens the door to Chloe being able to share that love with others. Max’s love for Chloe, and Chloe’s love for Max, is like a candle:
Out of Max’s and Chloe’s love comes a force more beautiful than a butterfly…
…and more powerful than a twister.
After all: It was love that brought this strange life into being.
Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.
~1 John 4:8
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.