All right, let’s face it.
Whether we like to admit it or not, we all enjoy watching a well-choreographed fight scene. It’s impressive to us. It’s artsy. It might even be “beautifully” done.
Let’s not forget that it’s exciting…it’s attractive…and we can even find ourselves “getting into it”, throwing punches at bad guys and delivering the final blow with the hero or heroine.
Does it ever bother you that we are like this?
Think about it.
I’ll never forget the time I was watching the Hunger Games in theaters, back in 2011. It was the scene where Clove gets killed by Thresh. Thresh takes Clove and slams her against the wall of the Cornucopia until she’s dead…and everyone in the audience cheers.
I was honestly bothered by this. Who cares that Clove was about to kill Katniss? Who cares that Clove was definitely messed up? We’re still talking about one human killing another (Thresh killing clove). Why does this merit a cheer?
I don’t think cheering is the response that Collins (author of the Hunger Games) wanted.
Why are we obsessed with violence? Why do we enjoy it, laugh at it, or think that it’s cool?
Is there some deeper meaning behind our desires?
Not to get too philosophical, but I personally believe that humanity has a fallen nature. It’s not hard to see evidence of this. That being said, I believe that we formerly had a pure, good nature before the Fall of Humanity (yes, I’m talking about Adam and Eve).
Thus, I’m wondering, does our desire for battle, our love of violence and action, come from our fallen nature? Or the original human nature God gave us before the Fall?
These are questions that the characters in my book struggle with. Is there a right or wrong reason to fight? What should your intention be while fighting? What should your disposition be? Angry? Calm? Indifferent? Passionate?
What do you think? Are you bothered by how “into” action and violence our culture is? Do you see this in yourself? Is it a good thing or bad thing?
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