24 September 2009

Psalm LXXXIX: 3


Perhaps we have made our Omegas what they are by our own folly; a regime that combines perpetual surveillance with total indulgence is hardly conducive to healthy development. If from infancy you treat children as gods they are liable in adulthood to act as devils.

— The Children of Men, by P. D. James

4 comments:

jsignal said...

"Children of Men" is a great film (I haven't read the book), if you can get past the profanity. At times I wondered if the profanity (The Lord's name in vain) was not intentional, for the purpose of giving the impression that people had lost respect for the sacred in bleak times. Later, great reverence is given to God when there is a glimmer of hope for humanity. Watching this film was rather like reading a Psalm, as your blog notes.

-Jason

thetimman said...

Jason, I have read the book but have not seen the movie. I recommend the book highly as an indictment of the societal death wish of contraception, abortion, nihilism and self-indugence. A cautionary tale, already more than half-fulfilled.

I understand, though, that the movie departs considerably from the book.

X said...

I read that book when it first came out. The first half is excellent but the second half completely falls apart. It's obvious at the end she really didn't know what to do with the story. In that sense, I suppose, James sort of personifies the paralysis of the West and why it's death is imminent. It can see the problems, it can recognize the rot but it can't bring itself to admit the root of the problems and the rot.
If you want to see the converse to such impotence I suggest watching President Ahmadinejads speech at the UN yesterday on Youtube. It was brilliant and courageous. I kept asking myself, why isn't a Catholic saying these things (from the Catholic perspective), but of course I knew why. They're too terrified of offending their worldly Masters to speak such truth to power. My apologies to LMG.

Anonymous said...

Just and aside...local lad Tim Sexton was nominated for an Academy Award for screen writing. He helped adapt the novel to a screenplay.