courage of your convictions

Fascinating discussions during our table work last night.  What Fry pulls off in this play is really quite remarkable.  Not only is it a delightful and humane comedy full of life-affirming exuberance, it is also a rather anarchic critique about societies (like ours) that go to war.  What kind of bravery does it take to defy a power structure you know is in the wrong?  When we choose to ignore or distract ourselves from the existence of wrong-doing, do we not make ourselves complicit in the wrong-doing itself?  How many of us truly have the courage of our convictions?  Deep and discomfiting questions like these are at the heart of Fry’s play.  And how each character answers these questions is what makes the story so compelling.

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