Oh. My. Gawd!

the·od·i·cy, noun \thē-ˈä-də-sē\ : defense of God’s goodness and omnipotence in view of the existence of evil

Man’s inquisitive nature has fueled the never-ending debate about the existence of God for generations. His continual struggle to unravel divine and supernatural mysteries by logic and science brought him at odds with accepted theological norms and dogmas. You see, everyone believes in God — or A god, at least. Whether or not the god we believe in powers our universe is a matter of perspective.

For me, personally, God is best left unknown, unexplained. Let Him just be the Force that’s with us… But there are moments where you actually wish God is real, and there are times where you question His authority…

The movie follows a sheriff — Ed Tom Bel l– who is tracking a vicious killer, Anton Chigurh. For his part, Chigurh is tracking Llewelyn Moss, an Everyman who accidentally stumbled upon drug money that Chigurh is trying to find. Sheriff Bell spends the movie tracking both Chigurh and Llewelyn, hoping to capture Chigurh and save Llewelyn in the process. And as he tracks the two men we watch Sheriff Bell emotionally struggle with the senseless death and violence Chigurh leaves in his path.

As we follow Sheriff Bell we see a growing existential fatigue. The violence he follows begins to weigh on him, to age him. And the root of the problem is that Bell can’t make sense of what he is witnessing. The evil he finds is Other, inexplicable and incomprehensible. And this incomprehensibility “ages” him. He becomes the “old man” who can no longer recognize his “country” as home, as something he understands. Eventually, this burden becomes too much and, toward the end of the movie, Sheriff Bell retires from law enforcement. Unable to grasp the evil in the world, he walks away from the task of marking right from wrong. He’s become too old for that job. The world, morally speaking, is something that makes no sense to him anymore.

In short, I think the major theme of the movie is this failure of making sense of the moral universe. The world becomes morally opaque and the effort at trying to make sense of it becomes too heavy. The sheriff is worn down by what I’ll call theodicy fatigue.



About Seeing with Brahmin eyes
My sense of humor can be keen, sarcastic, silly or corny -- sometimes all at once. I enjoy meeting new people with no preconceived ideas about what or what is not possible. You get much more out of life by being open minded and willing. I'm an easy going, good-natured person who loves life and loves people. I'm both optimistic and realistic and pretty objective when it comes to assessing situations, events, etc. In general I am a very positive person and you'll usually find we with a smile on my face.

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