“Truth without enthusiasm, morality without emotion, ritual without soul, are things Christ unsparingly condemned. Destitute of fire, they are nothing more than a godless philosophy, an ethical system, and a superstition.” – Samuel Chadwick
Until now there were numerous attempts to provide reliable and proper moral orientation within one complete ethical system. Movie makers from Hollywood came up with one more. In this review I will start with brief introduction of the plot in the movie. Then I will acquaint you with some general definitions and conceptions connected to emotions. Further on I will try to offer a taste of a world in which ethics work without feelings and thereafter I will lead you through a deeper analysis in which I aim to show, why there is no conceivable ethical system or environment without emotions. At last, the Biblical perspective on this question will be put forth in a condensed manner.
The story takes place in the apocalyptic period after third world war in which people traced emotions to be the prime source of all evil. All the jealousy, rage and hatred are the very root of every activity that leads to murder and at last war. On that account a “cure” for this “disease” was invented called Prozium, which eliminates any emotion. To secure a widespread use of this drug a special force is trained that persecutes anyone who violates the law by not using it and thereby is feeling.
What I would like to focus on in this review are the moral issues that come forth in case we completely remove emotions out of the picture. Read the rest of this entry »