Monday, April 24, 2006

Schindler's List

I can’t seem to get the movie out of my head. I have been thinking about the comparison between one person's horror and another's luxory. But mostly I keep thinking about Nancy’s question, “Why would I end the course with this movie?”

I have my one answer. In the United States people have religious freedom. It is illegal to kill someone just because he or she is a Jew. However, it was legal for Germans to murder thousands of Jews in WWII. Schindler was thrown in jail for just kissing one. That is how deep the hate ran.

But I thought about how the law may have changed but ethical choices did not. Schindler still did what was right to him even though it was illegal. He worked within the system to save lives. I thought it was interesting how one person still followed his values even though an entire nation did not. Just because of one man’s (Hitler) values an entire population of people was almost eliminated.

I think this movie just goes to exemplify Bok’s discussion about needing common values and ethics for society to survive. Add the continued massacres of people all over the world…the Holocaust…Cambodia…Africa…the Middle East. All over the world people are still killing each other. I think that we need to start working toward a solution instead of adding to the death. Bok is right to say that eventually peace will result with no one left to live it.

I think that values and ethics can be a foundation for peace…one day if we start.

1 comment:

Kat said...

I am the same way! It's been a week and I can't stop thinking about that movie! It's interesting because we have all grown up studying the holocaust, seeing pictures, hearing stories, and watching movies....yet the horror of it has never ceased to shock me. This movie was no exception. I have also thought about why Nancy would choose to end the movie with Schindler's List. There really is no question about what was ethical and what wasn't in that movie. I think after learning all semester about what is and isn't ethical, this movie brings it all together by having us think about what motivates a person to act ethically or not. Because the motivation to act is really the most important factor in making ethical decisions.