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Within the last two movies of the semester, we looked deeper into the conflict of Theodicy. I felt as though I was able to deeper understand Theodicy as a whole rather than in specific scenarios. In Arrival, for example, we are shown an answer to the evil in the world through a time travel adventure. The movie proposes that our reaction to the evil in the world stems from the fact that we perceive time linearly. Our lives are given value based on the end of our lives rather than the entirety of it. Louise, haven been given the powers to see into the future and seeing her daughter die, still goes forward into the future. Instead of being held down by the end of her daughter’s life, she says that, “I’m not so sure I believe in beginnings and endings. There are days that define your story beyond your life.” (Arrival). Louise tells the audience that life would simply not be life if there were no bad things in the world. Instead of dwelling on the negative parts of out lives, we should celebrate the good in the world to better enjoy the short time we have. 
In Wasteland, we are given the viewpoint of the pickers in Rio. Their stories are often filled of the negative things in their past life that leads into an almost rebirth scenario. They are proud to be pickers, despite the negative backlash they get from society. Vik himself is seen saying, “These are probably the roughest people you can think of. They’re all drug addicts. It’s like the end of the line. Check out the geography of this thing. It’s like the end of the line. It’s where everything not good goes, including the people.” (Wasteland). Even though he had such a negative viewpoint, Vik learns that the pickers are very proud of their work and gracious that they can work honestly for their pay. I felt like my idea of Theodicy was deepened when Wasteland proposed the idea that God uses suffering and pain as a sort of wake-up call for people. Instead of letting us live perfect lives, God gives a more fulfilling life in being able to pull oneself out of dirt to someplace higher. Rather than seeing our lives linearly as we do, God sees our entire life laid out before Him. We are judged by what we have been through and do with our lives. Given the extraordinary power that Louise is given, she has all the reason to not accept the future and make the best possible life for herself; one without pain or suffering. Instead, she tell us that, “Despite knowing the journey… and where it leads… I embrace it. And I welcome every moment of it.” (Arrival). 

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