Dostoevsky at the movies
"Who notices?" A cabdriver and a hit man who's forcing him to drive argue about the meaning of life en route to yet another murder and come to the logical conclusion in a 2004 movie dialogue.
The cabdriver, played by Jamie Foxx realizes that the flip side of Tom Cruise's hitman nihilism is the freedom to do good and not to care about the costs. And the question is whether there is still an argument for ramming the taxi into the barrier, even if you didn't hope to rescue the next victim as happens in the movie? And oh, Hamas has "placed children on rooftops as human shields preventing Israeli attack on Qassam workshops and warehouses". Why not, why the hell not?
The amazing thing about "religious fundamentalism" is how much it resembles, not faith, but nihilism. In both cases the earth is stripped of sanctity; and both the hitman and the militant become laws unto themselves. Maybe the fundamentalist concept of Allah is really a placeholder for his denial.
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