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“I don’t know anything. Not one thing.” Clint Eastwood’s character has the last and truest line in the 1993 movie A Perfect World: A prison escape, a kidnapping, a friendship, and a storyline about how this is not a perfect world. Kevin Costner plays Butch, a man on the run, who finds a common bond in Phillip, the boy he kidnaps. And here is the connection – abuses in this life force the abused into imperfect situations, making sad choices, looking for that perfect world.
It is the very situation I pose to students. Young idealism producing a desire to change the world, is wonderful. But many of the young faces in my classes have yet to realize the world is not black and white. So, whenever someone writes a paper about justice, health, environment, or governmental concerns, I ask students to answer two questions about their view of life. (1) What does your perfect world look like and (2) how will you get us there?
They can’t answer the first question. No one since Adam & Eve can answer the first question. In fact, I’ll go further to suggest that you and I would have made the same choice to rebel against God. But the real issue is one of perfection. If there ever was a perfect world, it was in Eden. So, think about this. Adam and Eve were perfect, living in a perfect environment, and they had yet, to sin. If anyone had a shot at a “perfect world” it was Adam and Eve.