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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Power Problems

Today I watched Bruce Almighty and laughed at the limitations of power.  The character Bruce Nolan is given unlimited power except that he cannot violate free will—he has the power of God.  But he uses this power mainly to perform self-centered tricks many of which have bad repercussions.  By saying “Yes” to everyone’s prayers, so many people hit the lotto that the payout for a winning ticket is less than $15 and riots result.  Unlimited power, rather than bringing happiness, brings despair.  The inherent limitations of power become duly obvious the moment such a fantasy becomes faced with the paradoxes of life.  This take on power seriously undermines the “greed is good” philosophy which can be seen as good only so long as fantasy dominates.

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