Last night I got the pleasure to watch a strange Woody Allen movie on television called, An Irrational Man.
The premise behind it sounded beautiful and up-lifting. I should have know better about Allen’s movies..lol. Although, I found it brilliant in writing and quite thought provoking it was a dark turn into the depths of human despair and immorality.
The idea is that a brilliant philosophy professor lost in the sea of life’s “seeming” meaninglessness has an idea that will alter his life, and those around him permanently. He believes he is doing a good thing, but the truth of morality and when to take a life comes up. He learns after his act for a bit, that there are dire consequences, that then lead him to even more ruthless choices he must make to protect his new “awakening”.
I will say that watching this as a muslim, I understood why God sends an Angel to Muhammad to explain the idea of the need of a just law and conviction. Before Islam, there was lawlessness in the Middle East, and the idea that lives were to be taken whenever they saw fit. Islam teaches that there can be a judicial system in place in society that keeps harmful people from hurting others, but the judgements must be justly done and always fair. Vigilante killings are not consider righteous without an actual trial and witnesses to prove the guiltiness of another.
Just because someone makes life harder for another, does not give anyone the right to take their life and somehow rid the world of a perceived evil. Possibly our challenge is to learn how to live life in a good way even with these people here..who just aren’t “there” yet. Islam shows that even convicted criminals can be considered respected beings and given the rightful trial needed to determine if they are truly guilty or not. Taking the law into your own hands or finding a reason that the world would be better without someone in it, is not the righteous path.
Indeed, Allah commands you to render trusts to whom they are due and when you judge between people to judge with justice. Excellent is that which Allah instructs you. Indeed, Allah is ever Hearing and Seeing.
I don’t want to say too much about this movie, so you can see for yourself, but the act that the professor performs is the opposite of what Islam teaches. And you can see his life slowly unravel before his eyes leading him to a darker path till the very heart wrenching end. It is a good movie for those who like to explore existentialism and the questions of deeper morality.