My argument concerning the moral in "The Rydell Revelations" itself still stands. As you have brought up, the episode can and will be viewed in isolation until album 70 and will always stand alone in its moral. Whit says (and I'm paraphrasing, of course), "I probably should have stepped in sooner, but you three are geniuses who can and should handle less tame adventures." Big disagree. I've explained why before I think this is a bad moral, but I'd also like to add that Raymond Rydell asked Whit to keep an eye on his kids and it's implied he also wanted him to keep them out of trouble. Instead, Whit allows them to get into crimes and manipulating other kids. That isn't a healthy mentorship.Scientific Guy wrote:Rest assured that we did not come to the topic in question — that Whit knew that the escape room incident would occur and still allowed it to — in any light manner. There were many discussions, not all of them pleasant, of how we should approach the issue (some of the debates made it into the episode themselves). The crux of the argument is how appropriate risky situations, or specifically perceived risky situations, are for children to experience and be encouraged to experience.
First of all, we as Christians should be assured of our eternal safety through Jesus Christ. However, that does not mitigate the risk on earth — far from it. From Philippians 1:21 (“To life is Christ, to die is gain.”) to Luke 12:4 (“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do.”) to John 16:33 (“In the world you have tribulation...”), the Bible tells us numerous times that living for Christ is not safe. In many ways, it's risky, and it's not our place to look for a “safe” life.
Naturally, we understand how our call to live for Jesus is different from pushing someone into real danger. We didn't want to go too far in making the escape room dangerous for any of the kids involved, so we mentioned multiple times how the threat was only psychological, not real. When Whit calls Morrie’s bluff and says the whole thing was a lie, Morrie follows up by saying how he wished Emily had figured it out and lived up to his expectations. We understand how, if we made it physically dangerous, listeners would be upset, which is why we were very careful to ensure that it wasn't.
But the psychological risk of the escape room brings up another question, the very one discussed in the last scene of “Revelations, Part 2”: What makes the escape room different from the Imagination Station? After all, don't kids think they are at risk of dying while in the Station? Whit explains at the end of Part 3 that he was sympathetic to what Morrie did, the individual actions he took. However, there are significant differences to the initially similar situations, particularly with Morrie's motivations. They aren't necessarily good. These differences will be addressed in the episodes to come.Hopefully, the upcoming episodes will elicit praise rather than criticism as you continue to thoughtfully consider the themes in upcoming episodes, one of which is how Morrie and Suzu will have to deal with what they've done in the previous episodes. Please tell us what you think in the days ahead as we continue the story!
Remember: This is a paraphrase.
Trials & tribulations are apart of the human experience. We also shouldn't be afraid to do what's right even when it's tough (no matter what). We shouldn't be paralyzed by fear of death. All of the verses are correct but are bad excuses for Morrie's extremely intentional schemes and the pain he caused to others. We shouldn't be cripped by fear of death, but there are situations, like the escape room, where characters think they are going to die and are afraid. It's natural and God gave us those instinctual feelings. Those feelings are valid and I do not think God frowned upon Emily & Matthew for fearing for their lives. I'm really muddling my way through this, but it's late. If we want to discuss this point further, I'll do it when I'm more fully awake. My point is that those verses do not justify or make better Morrie's actions.
The escape room could have truly had a real, physical threat but ultimately Emily & Matthew came out physically unscathed. Regardless of whether there was a physical threat or not, they came out of it fine. Either way, the point is they thought they were going to die.
All of that said, I am glad this will be further discussed in future episodes. Even if "The Rydell Revelations" is really unclear and confusing about its moral, at least we'll get some clarity in the future. I would rather have a flawed three-parter where future episodes elaborate on the themes than a flawed three-parter where future episodes do not clarify at all.
Scientific Guy wrote:Also here's a thing I recorded with Monica yesterday.
Gianna: Was Morrie Right? from AIO Audio News