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Reflection Schindlers

Reflection Schindlers

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reflection on "Schindler's List"
reflection on "Schindler's List"

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Published by: fernando on Mar 04, 2010
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Bioethics Reflection on the movie, Schindler’s List Schindler’s List is an emotionally draining movie.

It is themed according to how one would expect a war movie should be, especially if the focus is not on the war itself but on people who composes and characterizes the war. Schindler’s List is a war of people’s emotions, of conflicting and intertwining people’s emotions. This interplay of emotions define the powerful message of the movie, that is, intersubjectivity of sufferings among the characters, both the oppressors and the victims. The encounter of such conflict and cooperation is symbolized by Oskar Schindler, a blackmarketer who saw the war as a source of money and Amon Goeth, the barbarous camp commander who massacred thousands of Jews. Conflictual on the perspective of the primary character, Oskar Schindler vis-a-vis his capitalistic tendency to see an opportunity in war, and later on, how the brute reality of war transformed this business acumened prospective into a heart-rendering realization of his of the value of people as people, as an end, and not as a means. This struggle of Schindler corresponds to the struggle of Amon Goeth , although not in the sense of the project of Schindler, but to his own project of trying to understand the attaching emotional make-up of Schindler, as a man, and as a German, in relation to the Jews and his inability to understand his own emotions face-to-face with Schindler’s open display and acceptance of his hated enemy, the Jews. Furthermore, Goeth struggle over his inner emotional conflict towards the Jews that culminated into a display of abrupt compassion, though short lived, that ended in his shooting of the boy and his manhandling of Lena, highlighted an image of a confused man of his own power and emotions. On the other hand, however, both Schindler and Goeth are guilty of collaborating with one another into the heightening of the sufferings of the Jews. For one, the compassion of Schindler towards the Jews is cruelty for Goeth, vice-versa. In fact, both are intrinsically influencing and reinforcing one another, whether explicitly or impliedly. In our society today, there are people like Oscar Schindler and Amon Goeth. They both exemplify the two sides of humanity. Intoxicated by power and money, one decides to be slaved by it and become a willing tool in trampling the rights of others to live and in dehumanizing humanity. The other, intoxicated by power and money, decides to use the money and power to redeem his intoxification by helping others. These people, the likes of Schindlers, are said to be the flames that gives a hope to a decaying society, like us. Confronted by greed, poverty and corruption, what we need are the Schindlers to inspire the Goeth’s in all of us. I don’t think man is inherently bad. Man is, by nature, good. Natural law ethics dictate that man is grounded in a certain universal human values that is intrinsically good, because by itself, nature is good. This goodness in man, that is, a manifestation of a nature that is good is discoverable by reason which is also an offshoot of being good. Thus, from all its angles, the fall that man may experience is something that is not relative or subjective to man, but rather a situational enforcement that can be tempered and redirected to what is truly man in its natural standpoint, a good. Therefore, no one is by itself bad or evil but only by circumstances, sometimes beyond the control of the person himself. From this perspective, a Schindlerian method of intervention is necessary, that is, a form of moral conscientization where

the basic platform to stage the change is the same platform that produces and spawned madness in Amon Goeth. If power begets power, then good can also begets good in man, no matter how evil that man maybe. What prevents people from realizing their goodness, just like what prevents me from letting go people that I love most in realizing their best potentiality is the thought and fear of acquiring a lack in one’s life instead of a fulfillment for helping others attain freedom. It is sad to know the truth later that what one is possessing is not power but emptiness, and the only way to compensate such emptiness is to project an ambiguity, a pseudo-courage that borders on madness and horror. The movie, Schindler’s List is a reminder of how fragile the world is contra greed and lust for power. It shows how man is vulnerable to such temptations and call for a murderous rampage for an ideology that propagates a false consciousness and perspective of humanity. Only the nagging presence and the constant tapping, like a conscience, of that goodness in every human being is keeping at bay the evilness that lurks like a shadow to spawn and consume humanity. Schindler’s List is a timely conscience in a world slowly being ravaged by hatred, prejudice and chaos.

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