Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Fr. Barron on the Hunger Games

There are SPOILERS in the video. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I have read the three books. I thought the books engaged in several issues that are very important for us to consider, including:

  • tyranny of unfettered governmental control
  • inherent dignity of every life
  • food is a right, not a commodity
  • our priorities, as a culture, are messed up
  • a culture of death is a corrupt culture

Yet, some issues bothered me:

  • ease at which the "good" guys start killing others in later books.
  • no ultimate meaning to life is given - which ends in a kind of nihilism
  • moral decision-making is poor to non-existent in some situations = relativism and utilitarianism

So, they aren't perfect books, but valuable ones. I think the future that is envisioned isn't out of the realm of possibility.

1 comment:

Blue Henn said...

Thank you so much for posting this! My thoughts on the issues that bother:
The "good guys" are very, very full of hatred and hurt, and seem to be more focused on revenge than actual justice, which I can see as a very plausible turn of events, though I did end up quite despising a certain male character because of it... Though Katniss seems to do a remarkable job remembering the humanity of the enemy.
Moral decision making is lacking strength and substance in many instances because it is set in a world without any mention of a Deity/purpose in life. In that respect, it reminded me very much of a pre-Christian world, one which might resemble that of the Greeks and Romans devoid of their "gods". Overall, I found the story to be a good example of how one does not need religion in order to know right from wrong and the basics of the natural law, a truth which many in our society forget or overlook.
What struck me in particular was Katniss saying she was never going to get married, because she didn't want to raise children in such a world.