Monday, August 20, 2012
Is Ignorance Bliss?
For the most past, I avoid pop culture. The movies, the music, the TV shows. Seems to be working ok. I am clueless at party conversations, but know I am not missing anything that would be important to me. Yet last week, I got a red box hit movie. After 10 minutes of the movie, my husband said "Let's go to bed. This is bad. It's not going to get any better." And for some unknown reason I gave away 2 hours of my life to watch Hangover. Why? I still have no idea. But I have been thinking about that movie ever since and feeling sad that human life was downgraded in what I think was supposed to be amusing. Not one character felt respect for themselves or anyone else and the movie was their constant search for something. And they conclude it is alcohol, drugs and wild sex..more and more and more of it. Of course they keep searching, it is in our hearts to search. And settling for less than God will keep us searching. I realize if I didn't like what I was watching I could simply turn it off. But I didn't turn it off, I watched to gain some idea of what our society promotes and saw the multitude of forces working against the sanctity of life. A main character said mocking a monk's vows of silence and chastity is always funny. I asked my college kids if they saw the movie. They did. I didn't want the middle school kids to know we even patronized it, but they saw the box. They then told me their friends talk about that movie and did we think it was funny too? What? That can't be! I know their friend's parents. They wait at the bus stop with their kids and do their science projects and serve on councils for school and church, and they are ok with young teens or anyone watching this movie? If we condone a movie where the main character has a moment of conscience and says I cannot live with myself and the other character reminds him to just put it out of your mind and never think about it again...what kind of society are encouraging? Why are people paying money to watch movies like this? My son said no one thought about this movie, it was just a silly stupid movie and probably wasn't for my age group anyway. Oh, ok. Now I get it! On the other hand we took our family to see For His Greater Glory, the story of Mexican saints and their willingness to sacrifice their lives for the religion they loved. How inspiring! I want that faith. That perspective. That trust. That knowledge. Those martyrs found the something greater than themselves, and it was worth dying for. I think I saw in this movie bliss, formed in trust and faith and saw in Hangover the desperation of a life where nothing is sacred. I know I am not missing anything in pop culture.
Posted by Annmarie Pipa at 5:11 PM