The Gospel of John (Hughes)

I never thought of The Breakfast Club as being about the conflict between reason and passion.

It starts with an analysis of Pascal’s wager, leading to this interpretation of the film:

If you set out to acquire beliefs without learning, you are cheating: gaining epistemic ground without doing epistemic work. By contrast, in the cases of aspirational faith, coming to believe that, e.g., we will still be friends on Monday, is part and parcel of a bigger project of learning to become a different kind of person. The project is intellectual, involving a change in beliefs, but it is not only intellectual — and its intellectual character is inseparable from its affective and motivational character.