Movies include obstacles in them, but my question is why?
Much of this has to to do with the outline of a story.
See, in a story, a character has to have a problem.
They eventually run into a guide that gives them a plan and calls them to act.
This lets them avoid failure and realize success.
Interestingly, Donald Trump has figured this out.
But my point is this: Why do we include obstacles and pain and suffering even in our virtual worlds?
Does it say something about how we view the real world?
All I know is that a movie of some rich person on vacation laughing would be boring to watch in less than five minutes.
I find it interesting to note that when we create worlds—movie worlds, for instance—we, too, tend not to create utopias with no possibility of suffering. Without the possibility of serious suffering, there would be no Frodo, no Forrest Gump, no Superman. The difference, someone might point out, is that in these movie worlds things work out well in the end. But of course, according to the Christian story, that will also be the case with our world.
-Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale, Why Suffering?
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