Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if the should – Dr. Ian Malcom (Jeff Goldblum)
Jurassic World is released in cinemas this weekend and I have to say I’m excited. I remember clearly the experience of being 13/14 sitting with my popcorn and hearing the roar of the T-Rex for the first time and watching the chaos unfold on-screen. I’m looking forward to re-entering that world again and I’m hopeful that I will enjoy this new outing as much as I did first time round.
Watching Jurassic Park with older eyes though you do see a different story. Yes the thrills, the chases, the suspense of the kitchen sequence still exhilarate and entertain but this is only part of the story.
The creation of an attraction for our entertainment without full consideration to the consequences is a cautionary tale. This 90’s block buster warns that the creation of entertainment must walk hand in hand with consideration of the ethics. Moments of awe can not be designed without a duty of care being granted to those lost in wonder. The pre occupation of could without the consideration of should.
The argument for could vs. should is still a valid one, particularly in our social media heavy world, today.
Social media has become a place for Christians to engage in theological discussion without consideration of feeling, context or tone of those they engage with. Vitriol and accusations of heresy flow freely and then we wonder why people lose interest in what churches stand for / should stand for. At times it is vicious, brutal and dare I suggest light years away from what our faith should really represent.
Within the church we COULD spend time debating issues on social media with those we differ. We probably SHOULD be more willing to accept difference of opinion rather than desperately seeking the black and white answers.
We COULD argue online generating opinions from the noise of keyboard keys. We SHOULD get together and engage face to face where we can the persons intended tone.
We COULD continue to argue incessantly. We SHOULD come prepared to listen and discuss.
We COULD continue to exclude others based on our differences. We SHOULD break bread and drink wine in communion with each other despite them.
We COULD not rest until we achieve uniformity. We SHOULD be content to accept those elements of our faith that unite.