It’s the end of the weekend, and I just watched a really good movie with my 12 year old son. It’s a very good movie and the title is Good. [ http://goodthemovie.com/ ] It’s a story about how an ordinary, somewhat progressive professor is caught up in the slippery slope of what feels to him like a series of a slightly uncomfortable decisions over a period of a time–beginning in the mid-30s in Nazi Germany to then eventually finding himself a member of Hitler’s “elite” SS in the early 40’s. In watching this movie, I was reminded of a comment made in response to my initial post on this blog, by my friend of 40 years, Harry Butler: “When I consider the state of the world today, I must admit that I get a very eerie feeling that my wife and I will not escape the horrors that are occurring in America and the rest of the world. It reminds me of various movies showing life in Paris just before the Nazi invasion. People are shopping, going to nightclubs, and living somewhat luxuriously with an indifference to what is occurring in Europe. Unlike those days, we face no real threats from others, 9/11 notwithstanding. The threat is within our society.”
Go see this movie, and join with me in asking, do we face any similar, seductive dangers in our American society today? What strengths, within ourselves and within our society, can we draw on to avoid sliding down the slippery slope of decision-making depicted in the movie, Good?