Journeying with 12 Angry Men
At my Movie Club last Saturday, we watched the black-and-white 1957 film adaptation of 12 Angry Men. In brief, this was a show about how a dissenting juror in a murder trial slowly manages to convince the other 11 jurors that the case is not as obviously clear as it seemed in court. As we watched how Juror No. 8 deftly questions the assumptions and exposes the prejudices of the other men in the room, we witnessed how each of them took their own individual journeys to discovering that the decisions we make are always predicated upon our own life experiences and assumptions – whether valid or not. The danger in transferring and imposing our own experiences onto other situations may not be as stark as deciding on the fate of another man’s life as in the movie, but the implications can be similarly far-reaching.
And as I was thinking about the number ’12’, I wonder why Jesus chose 12 apostles – not more, not fewer?