On Getting Even: Reservation Road (2007)
Reservation Road (2007)
Popular culture feeds on our instinct for anger and revenge. We struggle within to ‘get even’ at perceived injustice. Particularly, if there is a great sense of loss.
How do we deal with perceived ‘injustice’ and feelings of ‘getting even’. The religious message – ‘to forgive’ runs contrary to the therapeutic suggestions offerred by most psychologists. Is ‘letting go’ (expressing) one’s anger and ‘getting even’ a good thing to do?
Reservation Road (2007) is a fascinating film and it takes us through a journey of self exploration and self-evaluation of ‘what we believe in’, ‘what we say’, ‘what we do’ and ‘what we feel’ about perceived injustice and dealing with our natural instincts for anger and getting even.
- What is forgiveness?
- Why do we forgive?
- What does it take to forgive?
- Why is it difficult to forgive?
- Can a transcendent resolution help us?
The film gets us thinking about the making and breaking of human relationships. WATCH IT!
I found this interesting article on Reservation Road: What Would Ethan Do?: Notes on Revenge
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