0243 – The World as in Dogville

So I see that I’ve already broken my post-a-week pledge. lol. Oh well. Since when do I keep new year’s resolutions anyway.

Back to the point.. So earlier this year I went snooping around the internet for ‘top movies that make you think about life.’ And it led me to many lists containing such movies. I just watched one today called Dogville, which completely blew my mind. Here’s an interesting quote: “Damn if I didn’t completely forget to hate Dogville, and if I wasn’t, three hours later, completely blown out of my little mind and right into the screening room next door…. You wanna see what our town is like? Here it is, in all its mean, petty, horrible smallness. It’s not particularly about American meanness or pettiness or smallness, though some have accused von Trier of being anti-American — it’s about human meanness, etc. The only thing “anti” about Dogville is that it might be called an anti-epic — an ambitious movie with a big cast and a marathon runtime that’s about how small and insular and selfish people can be, about the miserable depths to which human beings can sink in their cruelty to others. Nationality’s got nothing to do with it, though the ability to wield power over other human beings might, and so there might be some pertinent application to America as a whole right now. But everyone will — or should — recognize the universality of this, the worst side of humanity.”
So it made me think about humanity. What is our true nature?

I’ve mentioned many times in my blog, in my essays and to many people that we may be inherently good. Yet, Dogville just makes the tendency for selfishness and cruelty feel alarmingly palpable. We sometimes imagine revenge, and we sometimes pursue it. Sometimes, evil takes over our mind – too easily I shall add.

So are we supposed to do something about that? Are we supposed to overcome that evil? Or should we let things be, simply because evil exists in this world? Is it enough to not be evil, or do we each have the responsibility to stop evil from happening?

These are the questions I ask of myself and the world. Are we Dogville?

Provoking quote from Dogville:

Grace: So I’m arrogant. I’m arrogant because I forgive people?
The Big Man: My God. Can’t you see how condescending you are when you say that? You have this preconceived notion that nobody, listen, that nobody can’t possibly attain the same high ethical standards as you, so you exonerate them. I can not think of anything more arrogant than that. You… you forgive others with excuses that you would never in the world permit for yourself.”

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