The Hunger Games lesson

A few nights ago we watched the Hunger Games. Neither of us had read the book but it was available on Netflix and we had a good ‘review’ from my mom.  David enjoyed it mainly because he loves the physcology of government…any government.   I didn’t really like all.  Although like my mom I am intrigued enough to watch the second one.  But it was just too violent for me.  Way too violent. My type of personality just can’t watch movies like that and not be deeply affected.  Let’s just say I have issues.  Anyway, I digress.

The movie got me thinking about government…our government. Our life in America now and American history.  And although I choose not to believe (for emotional reasons) that American will ever be as extreme as what’s portrayed in The Hunger Games (David disagrees) I can’t be as naive to think that it’s not headed down a similarily bad path.

Take gun control as one example.  There is one scene in the movie where one district starts to fight back against the government.  It is short lived obviously because all they have is their bodies to fight with and as a defense.  The goverment however is equipped with all manner of body armour and weapons.  So of course the people in the district do not stand a chance…they are obliterated.  This is exactly how the government in the movie wanted it.  They made the people completely dependent on them for everything (food!) and took away their freedoms in doing so.

Can we not see that this (in a much less dramatic and sci-fi kinda way) is exactly where our government is headed?  They want to take away our right to bear arms for goodness sake!  Can you imagine not being able to defend your family for whatever reason?  That is a god-given right…and a constitutional right.

I just think it is really naive to think that our country will never get that bad or that scary because if you really knew, it already is pretty scary and I KNOW it’s going to get much worse.

I was momentarily terrified as I watched this movie and thought of where our country is going under the direction of government.  The realization that these fictional characters in this movie had no rights and no freedoms…they were completely controlled and dependent on the government for everything. And the government turned on them, defenseless.  The realization that this could very well be us…the first step being our right to defend ourselves being taken away.  It was eye-opening.

I don’t know what to do about it though, I just know that I needed to write about it.  In the future I hope to be able to do more and hopefully help is some small way in the fight for the constitution and saving America.