Yes, I am completely behind the times. Though that really shouldn’t come as a great shock to anyone.
*ahem* Guys, we did it. My family finally watched something that is kind of a classic. Last month, actually, so that’s something to be proud of, despite the fact that I’m relaying old news. And, during a recent reflection of deep philosophical nature, I decided to say something sort of half-serious upon the subject of Yo Ho Ho’s and Blow the Man Down’s.
Yes, we’re going there.
First, I must give credit where credit is due:
THAT WAS ONE OF THE MOST HILARIOUS THINGS I’VE EVER SEEN.
Stupid, I grant you, but… it was funny stupidity. There is such a thing, and I love it to death.
But when I wasn’t laughing my head off about something surprisingly morbid (or just plain offensive to one’s intelligence), and when I wasn’t coveting Will Turner’s hat, I spent a good deal of time feeling overwhelmingly confused. Because for pity’s sake, WHOSE SIDE WAS JACK SPARROW ON ANYWAY? (Excuse me, I mean Captain Jack Sparrow.) I assumed he was on the good guy’s side, but considering the fact that I wasn’t quite sure who the good guys were, that wasn’t the most helpful bit of information. And, frankly, the film had about as much meat to it as a rock.
But you know what? I’d watch it again in a heartbeat. Because in this world of pirates and ghosts and crazy back-flips that defy the laws of physics, I managed to squeeze a terribly important lesson from that rock. You know what Pirates of the Caribbean taught me?
Why a world without God doesn’t work.
For the most part, I’ve only seen movies with pretty solid moral codes, and so Pirates good-natured lack thereof was a little startling, to say the least. The inability to decipher what was right and what was wrong was both confusing and, need I say it, pretty terrifying. In a world with no God and no Bible to give us a code to live by, anyone can, quite literally, do anything.
Exactly why is lying wrong? Or stealing? Or killing, for that matter? Because, you know, that guy is a bad guy, and therefore, deserves to die.
Why does that guy deserve to die? Because he did something bad? By who’s standards is it bad? What moral code? Is it because the law says so? Because, I mean, sometimes the law can seem pretty corrupt too. Anyway, who put the law in charge? Why do we have to obey it when taking things into our own hands and own, sketchier means, would be way easier?
(Not to mention the rules are more like guidelines anyway…)
The thing that frightened me most about Pirates was that these people had absolutely no basis for their beliefs, and therefore, no beliefs at all, besides a hazy sense of “good and bad”, that, frankly, was a little messed up at times. Basically, their world was governed by themselves, because there was nothing else to govern it by. Jack Sparrow’s entire being was driven by one goal:
What he wanted.
And with such a goal, there is no right or wrong. There is only what a man can do, and what a man can’t do, and how he best achieves what he wants.
Humanity is corrupt. We need God. We need the Bible. We need a moral law above our own, one that gives us something more to live by than what we want and how we feel at the moment. If we only live by our own individual sense of morality, things will become skewed by our own individual preferences.
Agendas. Inclinations. Principles—or lack thereof.
It simply doesn’t work.
I’m done. I’ll stop slamming now. And look:
I TOTALLY GET THAT IT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE DEEP.
Besides the slammed bits, I honestly love the thing to death. Believe it or not, I really enjoy tearing apart things that I like, and drawing morals-of-the-story from stories with no morals. I think I might start a blog series expressly for that purpose. I shall call it, “Wisdom from the Utterly Stupid”, and I shall find wisdom from utterly stupid things.
Sooooo….there’s my deep, introspective tidbit of the day. May you live long and prosper, and someone, PLEASE GET ME WILL TURNER’S HAT.
It’s got a plume. IT’S GOT A PLUUUUUME! I WANT IT.
~Someone Who Desperately
Wants Needs a Plume