To everyone here,
I am a frequent reader of this fourm, but as you can see from my number of posts, not a frequent participant. I have tremendous respect for the people on this form, and my Catholic faith has been incredibly strengthened by the contributions of others on this forum.
I would like to start a discussion about a short independent film I saw on YouTube (about 8 mins long) called “The Black Button”. Here is the link:
For those of you who don’t want to watch it, it’s a video about a man who has to make a moral decision to either kill some random person by pushing a button and be compensated with 10 million dollars, or leave without any money.
The part I would like to discuss is in regards to the conclusion of the film. If you want to watch it, I wouldn’t recommend reading the rest of this post until you see it, so don’t read past this point until you’ve watched it…
So the conclusion of the film is that the man (Mr. Roberts) discovers that he is already dead and in Purgatory, after he decided to take the money by pressing the button. He gets the money, but his decision condemns him to hell. The temptation is a sort of “final test” to determine where he spends eternity. I find this to be a misrepresentation of Purgatory, because all the souls in Purgatory will (eventually) go to heaven at some point. This film implies that Purgatory is a place of temptations and a final test, where a wrong decision will land you in hell. That seems more like our everyday life to me rather than Purgatory…or maybe that is the point of the film?
Another interesting point to discuss is the value of human life, although I don’t think that is the main point of the movie.
Anyways, I would be interested to see what some of the forum members can contribute. This is a really great community, and I (hopefully) don’t think I violated any forum rules by posting this. Thanks, everyone!
ps- I have nothing to do with this video, and I’m not trying to endorse it any way. I’m just trying to make sense of it personally, and explore several doctrinal mistakes it makes.