Zootopia and Free Will


Going in depth about Zootopia, there is more to appreciate about the movie.  It is about free will.  This can be well defined as the ability to consciously make one’s choices.

In matters theological this means God grants us the ability to act upon our own intuition even though He might interfere at times along with the interference of others.  This of course is not a license to sin, but rather an invitation to actively participate in God’s will.  In a masterpiece, including movies, the creators act like God in that they have a will which is clearly expressed in the plot; the characters seek to carry out that plot.  Though real life is much more complex since God is capable of more things than we are, the idea points into this direction.  The difference lays out in that the characters at least usually do not interact with the creators; so they generally do not break the fourth wall.  In real life, God’s creation is always interacting with Him and He is always interacting with us.

Nevertheless free will is expressed and double predestination rejected.  While the Church does teach predestination; it does not teach double predestination, a Calvinist doctrine.  God has predestined the fall and redemption of humanity, the Incarnation, Passion, Resurrection and Ascension of His only begotten Son; yet within all this He gives us all free will.  The ability of have free will gives us the freedom to accept or reject God and subsequently the call to be holy or not; it also gives us the ability to go from good to bad or bad to good.  It means we do not have to be predetermined to fail because free will has been given to us in the hopes that we will serve God.

Likewise in Zootopia the characters Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde learn they are not predetermined to be what they are supposed to be.  In the case of Judy this means being a defenseless bunny who cannot be a police offer and in the case of Nick a vicious predator.  Both overcome what they were supposed to be and what was inherently in their nature.  They did this out of their own free will and they did such to serve the common good; Nick for example learned that the only person keeping him back was himself and after he learned his, he was able to say ‘yes’ to reject crime.  That’s what free will is; to be able to say ‘yes’ rather than be a puppet to a Supreme Being who doesn’t give us the ability to think for ourselves.  None of us has the ‘right’ to do wrong; we simply have the ability to do so.  This did not end well for Adam and Eve who were forced out of the Garden of Eden and it can’t end well for us if we freely choose to do wrong.

Let us choose to overcome our failures to do great things.  Saint Paul says, “I can do all these things in Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).  Like filmmakers who equip their characters with the ability to overcome their failures, God equips us with free will in the hopes to do good.


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