We think of Hollywood as being a bit amoral. Well, a lot amoral actually. So, I gave it some thought, and I realized that in truth, while they might proclaim a different kind of morality than what is traditional, when it comes down to it, they do promote a kind of morality that we all share.
CS Lewis is a Christian apologist and writer, who I highly recommend every Christian get to know a little bit. Specifically, his book ‘Mere Christianity‘ which I make my business to re-read every couple of years. Seriously, read it.
In that book he talks about the law of humanity.
“EVERY ONE HAS HEARD people quarreling. Sometimes it sounds funny and sometimes it sounds merely unpleasant; but however it sounds, I believe we can learn something very important from listening to the kinds of things they say. They say things like this: “How’d you like it if anyone did the same to you?”–‘That’s my seat, I was there first”–“Leave him alone, he isn’t doing you any harm”–“Why should you shove in first?”–“Give me a bit of your orange, I gave you a bit of mine”–“Come on, you promised.” People say things like that every day, educated people as well as uneducated, and children as well as grown-ups.”
You can read more about that here.
So, what does this have to do with Hollywood? Think about it for a moment. The movies you see and the shows you watch. They implement this law of humanity over and over.
- The hero wins. Good triumphs over evil. Just like with God. In the end he overthrows Satan and his minions.
- Liars usually get caught. Lying is wrong, and they are almost always found out.
- Cheaters are exposed.
- Criminals are caught and punished.
Those are a few I thought of. Most stories have some kind of redemption at the end. Good over evil. Fairness implemented. Hard work rewarded. This is all related to the Law of Humanity CS Lewis discusses. Further, it’s what we want to happen, whether we are Christian, some other religion, or no religion at all. So where does this law come from? I would say from God. What do you say?