Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Ethics of Edward Scissorhands: An Untimely Review

Galatians 6:7
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."

John 4:36
"And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth."

In Edward Scissorhands, Dianne Wiest's character Peg says, "When I brought Edward down here to live with us, I really didn't think things through. And I didn't think about what could happen to him, or to us, or to the neighborhood."

That is the ethics of Edward Scissorhands: doing what is right, no matter the consequences. Sometimes you do the right thing, but you do not reap what is right. You might do something right, and reap trouble.

"But be of good cheer; I have overcome the world"
-Jesus, John 16:33

Do a simple search on any Bible search for the world "tribulation" (or "trouble" if you go through the trouble of changing the Bible version from KJV to, well, anything else). Jesus, Peter, Paul and the rest know from personal experience: doing the right doesn't yield right consequences, at least, not immediately.

Do what is right. Prepare for the consequences if you can. If not, do what is right anyways. The consequences of right can't be worse than your other options.

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