Wednesday, April 05, 2006

A Moral Lesson from Saw?

Last night, on the advice of someone I care about, I rented Saw II. For those of you who don't know the basic storyline, it's about a sicko, called Jigsaw, who traps people and forces them to do something horrible in order to survive. Most of the time they aren't willing to do it, and well, they die (in a pretty gruesome way usually).

The underlying theme of Jigsaw's murders is that he targets people who don't value their life or the life of someone close to them. In the first movie he went after a doctor who was cheating on his wife. Here he kidnapped a cop's son. In both cases his target obviously cared about his family, but only showed it when they were in danger.

The lesson, explicitly made in the movie, is that people only care about life when they realize it's in danger. This concept is endlessly related to us around Elul time. Maybe Yeshivas need to start showing Saw to get their point across....

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