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Their salvation will be temporary, because Freemasonry is failed by Danny and Peachy. " They deceive and exploit their distant relations in Kafiristan, and fail to recognize them as part of the fellowship of man. As a result, they crash beneath the all-seeing eye of the highest of the local gods, Imbra - a name that vaguely suggests the brotherhood that Danny and Peachy have betrayed. As the iconography at the holy city of Sikandergul makes evident, Freemasonry merges smoothly with religion. The incorporation of the Masonic "all-seeing eye" into the statues of Imbra emphasizes the connections.

The bulk of the story, then, has a degree of unreliability. It comes from a narrator established in the opening sequences as a thief and liar. But Peachy is a con man of a surprisingly open kind, free in admitting his knaveries. Moreover, he is largely unconscious of auditors' reactions to what he has to tell. As a further brake to his unreliability, his loyalty to Freemasonry usually overrides self-interested motives. At the same time, the correlation of what Peachy says with fictional "facts" beyond his control - the encyclopedia entry about Alexander's conquest of Kafiristan, the explanation of Billy Fish's presence among the Bashgai, and the evidence of Danny's crowned head - assures us that his story has a basis in a reality outside his imagination.

Undertaking the salvation of the world offers an excuse to evade the self-understanding and self-acceptance that make possible identity, courage, and happiness. Although Danny's pretensions to divinity are fraudulent and dangerous, the religious culture of Kafiristan is not romanticized in contrast. Nor is it portrayed as the spiritually pristine victim of a corrupt Western secularism. As a general rule, Huston's films portray organized religion as neither disinterested nor humane, and The Man Who Would Be King 40 "What We Are Alone Is Not Enough" is no exception.

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