My husband and I went to see "The Avengers" last night. For anyone who really knows me, this is a big deal; for my husband, it is historic. But who could stay away from a movie that everyone was talking about with kick-ass heroes and bad-ass bad guys? Not me. Well, yeah, usually me. But not this time.
The buildup was intense. Friends had seen it two and three times. Box office was well over a billion dollars. I was expecting big battles, big noises and BIG special effects. I was not disappointed. That’s certainly in there. I wasn’t expecting character development or even a plot, other than good guys vs bad guys and everything goes BOOM! I was wrong. That’s in there, too. If that were all that was in there, it would be a great takeoff of a "Transformer" movie.
So I sat there in that darkened theater, watching the high action, laughing at the many humorous moments, and I realized I was feeling a curious, altogether out of place feeling for a movie theater. I was feeling PROUD. I don’t remember the last time I went to a movie and felt proud. It started me thinking about how heroes should be more than just the unfortunate schmucks who find themselves thrown into a bad situation and come out fighting; they should be the life-blood of a society, they should be its foundation for morality. The Greeks knew this. The Jews certainly did with their heroes in the Bible. In America, we once knew this. But we had forgotten.
"The Avengers" is a movie that remembers.
"The Avengers" has real heroes. Damn it! Real heroes like we haven’t seen for decades. And, like the best classical heroes, they are simply the alter-egos of each one of us sitting there in the dark, watching, cheering, knowing--from somewhere deep in our souls--that the struggle, the frailty of personal failings and fatal flaws can be redeemed through a commitment to—dare I say it? Truth.
Real heroes teach us that redemption is not found through the attainment of perfection, but in the struggle for it. Not found in winning, but in the commitment to a truth that makes you fight in the first place.
Society needs real heroes because they show us this path to redemption. They show us that the belief in truth—objective, knowable, universal truth—is worth fighting for, worth dying for. And that what you are willing to die for defines, better than anything else, what you seek to live for.
"The Avengers" is great because it isn't a movie about battles or super powers or even winning at all costs. It's a movie about the essential truths. It's a movie with real heroes.
And we all need real heroes. Because they show us the hero we can be.
Now...gotta go. One of my universal truths (shared by my husband) is that the house should be cleaner(er).
|There. I'm so proud.|
Effing heroic, if you ask me.