I watch therefore I am: seven movies that teach us key philosophy lessons
How can we do the right thing?Force Majeure If you had lived in Germany in 1939, would you have helped protect Jews or gone along with their systematic extermination? If you had been an MP 10 years ago, would you have milked your expenses for what they were worth? And if you and your family faced a threat, would you protect them or save yourself? We all like to think that in such situations our basic decency would shine through, but we can never know. In the aftermath, several characters try to excuse him. Aristotle’s insight was that we rarely have the time or opportunity to sit down and think about what the best thing to do is before acting. We can pretend that Tomas just had a moment of madness where his primal survival instinct took over, but his wife, Ebba, knows better, and so do we. Force Majeure tells us what Aristotle knew: unpredictable events happen, random “acts of God” for which no one is responsible. Julian Baggini’s Freedom Regained, is published by Granta, £14.99.