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Your core point seems to hang on the deaths of US service personnel in Iraq (just Iraq?) and how that means more than the 23 (sic - there were 22 deaths in this particular hunger games) who died in THG. Really? I mean WTF, you are comparing THG where everyone in the districts are opposed to the games (but their will is supressed by the Capitol) with the arguable morality of proud sacrifice by great men and women of America (and those who want to be American too)?
Talk about politicizing the wrong issue IMHO. You seem to think we need THG so that we can ensure our children become rebels or begin to engage in civil disobedience. I assume by neededing THG you mean that THG (the movie) is needed so that they learn to become less compliant? I could not agree with you less.
Jeez, one of the main books that used to be read in junior high was "Lord of the Flies" with a similarly dystoppian message in which children set about killing eachother. Rather than encouraging disobedience I would say that LOTF discourages the breaking and/or loss of a moral framework set within laws.
THG (trilogy) is somewhat of a nonsense on the morality front - it advocates the assassination of duplicitous political leaders (i.e. District 13's victorious leader) yet the kow towing to obviously brutal and vampiric ones such as President Snow. You want THG to teach our kids that true love is irrelevant? That the public recognition of fictional love and the adulation it brings (as in between Katniss and Peeta) is more important than true love (as in between Katniss and Gale)? God, if Sizanne Collins really wanted to set a moral tone to the books then surely the manipulative and lying Peeta would have got his commuppance well and truly... no he actually gets protected by Katniss.Is it right that some guy who didn't even have the guts to stand up to his own mother (to feed Katniss properly - not just throw bread to the pigs) should get her devotion? Seems pretty effed up to me from a morality POV.
But what of the need to teach people the need for disobedience? Is this a justified purpose? FFS, you want to teach our kids to diss the law? To be disobedient? I just shake my head in wonder... have you any idea what sort of society you would be living in?
Actually, you probably wouldn't be living in it as the first head to roll would be... yep, those who made them like that. Is your desire for disobedience built upon the dislike of where the USA seems to be headed? Do you see greater state/government involvement in your life as a negative that needs a sort of Mockingjay figure to unite the masses and overthrow the evil that so forceably oppresses you?
your thread I can see that you think that 'disobedience' is the answer, and this is what the movie preaches for it's what those in charge WANT you to do. But do you not understand that meeting one wrong with another wrong does NOTHING to address an underlying problem of injustice? Injustice needs to be met with justice, evil with good etc. I would be distraught if I taught my own child to solve inequity with another wrong like disobedience.
If you think that you are being oppressed now, and can't see that you have been led to your beliefs by those who despise you, then there is not much that I can say that will convince you. You will go down fighting an invisible enemy that has removed God and His truth from your life to get you to this very point.
Originally posted by ToneDeaf
$$ for hollywood while desensitizing and making
'entertainment' out of genocide. . . I have better things
to do with my cash.