I mean, what would you do if you were pitted against your neighbors in a life and death game? Some of us would kill without a moment's hesitation. Others would hesitate to attack people who were merely victims of the same death trap that they themselves were. A few would triumph and seize the reins, turning the course of their own lives and decisions, rather than being controlled by outside forces. And, this is the human spirit.
It reminded me of the book/movie "Holes" by Louis Sachar, in that it demonstrates the potential of the human spirit to thrive and feed off of hard times. It shows how real people can overcome the struggles they face, over insurmountable odds, and rise above what would be perceived as their own destiny. No, I've never been much of a believer in destiny. Have you?
Collins says that the inspiration to write The Hunger Games came from channel surfing on television. On one channel she observed people competing on a reality show and on another she saw footage of the invasion of Iraq. The two "began to blur in this very unsettling way" and the idea for the book was formed. The Greek myth of Theseus served as the basis for the story, with Collins describing Katniss as a futuristic Theseus, and that Roman gladiatorial games formed the framework. The sense of loss that Collins developed through her father's service in the Vietnam War also affected the story, whose heroine lost her father at age 11, five years before the story begins. Collins stated that the deaths of the young characters and other "dark passages" were the hardest parts of the book to write, but she had accepted passages such as these were necessary to the story. She considered the moments where Katniss reflects on happier moments in her past to be the more enjoyable.
Paul points out here the fact that men are known by their own spirits. Likewise, God is only known by His own Spirit. We can't even know Him, unless we have His Spirit inside us, the Holy Spirit. So, it stands to reason we can't always know if we would operate in the Spirit of God or our own fleshly human spirit in a crisis. Obviously, whichever spirit was fed most would win the struggle. I am definitely looking forward to, though it is going backwards as I have said before, I'm looking forward to listening to the audio books of the series. If you see the movie, let me know what you think.