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Decisions, decisions.

A movie on TV the other night. Joe and his finace, Lucy, are having problems. She says in a voice-over that she’s fallen out of love with Joe, but doesn’t have the courage to break off the engagement right now. Joe senses there’s something really wrong, but he avoids talking to her about it.

So the pair go with friends to a lake for a picnic. Joe dives off the dock into shallow water, breaks his neck. When he comes out of a coma, he’s paralyzed from the neck down.

Lucy faces some big questions. Should she go forward with the planned wedding, even though Joe will never walk or make love to her ever again? Or should she break it off, as she’d planned?

Finally, Lucy decides. She says good bye to Joe and heads for New York. She finds an apartment, and a job, and a handsome lover. A really, really NICE guy. She’s free!

But then, wait. She’s not. After her visit back to her home town to attend another friend’s wedding, and after some long conversations with Joe in his wheelchair, Lucy finally decides that she has to give up her nice-guy lover in New York, and stick with Joe after all.

So tell me, LJ friends. Did Lucy make the right decision?

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Lucy is a product of western ideals, spicifically the idea that to suffer and not have what you truely want in life makes you a better person. You know, like that Catholic idea that self denial is a virture.

Why would he even want her with him anymore anyway. Obviously she is going back to him out of a sense of obligation. Now she can be a martyr and people will tell her how strong SHE is and what a good person SHE is.

It is discusting. She isn't doing anyone a favor, least of all Joe.

Or at least that is my opinion.

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