Up in the Air” with George Clooney recently. The main character was an expert on simplifying life by disassociating from relationships. His day job was firing employees from companies that were downsizing. The character lived an, understandably, solitary life.
Throughout the movie there were cameos of employees being “let go” and the myriad of reactions to such life changing news. The story didn’t grab me; actually I was more irritated by the lead female’s cavalier manner, until the end.
**Spoiler Alert** Our hero finally found love, which lead him to re-establish relationships with his family, then he was spurned, returning him to his simple, solitary existence and forcing him to reevaluate his life philosophy.
The ending made the story for me but the most interesting twist was the return cameos of those he had fired sharing what would help them survive; their wives, children, friends, parents; essentially, their relationships.
We were created to have relationship. The Bible is often mistaken to be a book of "the how and the when”, it's not, it is a book about "the who and the why”. It is a book meant to teach us how to relate to God and how to relate to our fellow man.
The first four commandments, of the Ten Commandments, are how we are to relate to God. The next six commandments are how we are to relate to each other. Jesus, when asked what the greatest commandment is replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself." All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40
You will get no argument that relationships are difficult. I outlined my thoughts here, “The god of Selfishness”.
See the movie and let me know what you think.