Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Hunger Games

Last night Laura and I saw The Hunger Games. I haven't read the books but I really liked the movie.

But throughout some of the film I initially found the premise difficult to believe. I just couldn't fathom that any society would send kids to kill each other.

And then I realized that there is a society that did that, and it is ours. My reasoning is that there are kids currently engaged in that type of violence in the world. For example, child soldiers in Africa.

Of course, we don't revel in that kind of violence the way the spectators do in the Hunger Games, but we also aren't doing much to stop it. Personally, I'm doing nothing to solve it, actually. I know there are various sorts of government programs and efforts to make the world a more peaceful place, but the reality is that in my case I'm apparently okay with a world that is much more violent than that of The Hunger Games.

All this is to say that after thinking about this idea for a little while, the premise of The Hunger Games seemed a lot more believable.

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