Buster Scruggs: the ballad we all sing

You can't watch Netflix's latest film without asking yourself ‘why'?

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a collection of six short stories stitched into one full-length film.

Each story centres on a different person's journey across the American Midwest in the 1800s. Each story gives a different view on the desperateness of life.

The stories  

The first introduces us to Mr Scruggs himself. With pristine clothes and perfect manners, he’s the picture of a lovable cowboy. His only defect is that he’s trigger-happy maniac.

The contrast between his polite words and deadly actions is chilling.

But perhaps even more unsettling is the story of the young lady on a wagon trail. Following the death of her brother, she’s now forced to make the two-thousand mile trip alone.

And as soon as things appear to be turning for the better, all hope is lost in the most heart-breaking of Romeo and Juliet moments.

The questions

Why is life so cruel? That's the question we’re left asking after watching Buster Scruggs.

And it's not just a question for two-hundred years ago. Similar brutality surrounds our lives today.

I think of the children in our neighbourhood whose parents stabbed each other during a row the other week. I think of the tens of thousands currently trapped in slavery in the UK.

I think of the countless times I have put myself before others.

The solution?

Our world often tells us that life’s problems can be solved with just a bit more human love and creativity. But, left to our own devices, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is the song we all sing.

It’s a good thing then that the solution to our problem isn't down to us.

Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:26-27