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Another movie I saw recently was the Fellowship of the Ring. It too is about the use of power, in particular a magic ring that gives its wearer the power to control all living things. “One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.” Godlike powers available to the user of the one ring. And a number of times in the story people ask questions like: ‘Can we not use the power of this ring to defeat evil?’ ‘Cannot those who are strong in wisdom and goodness use this ring to bring about peace for all?’ Indeed the ring-barer himself twice offers to give the ring away to beings who are powerful, wise and good and they are sorely tempted by its power. Yet recognizing that such absolute power corrupts even the most pure heart to evil, they refuse it.

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