Super Heroes Amongst Us!

Super Heroes amongst us!

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 The appeal of cinemas’ Super Heroes is that on the surface, they appear to be rather….normal.  Much like you and I.

Sorry, let me correct: I must speak of normalcy within myself because you just might be a Super Hero and i wouldn’t know it. So in the realm of the cinema and real life, Super Heroes probably walk amongst us!

How so?  Deep inside I think we are all Super Heroes!  Watching the Super Heroes come alive on the cinema screen in vivid color and sound is mesmerizing!

“There comes a point in your moviegoing life where you look at the screen and then you look at the world and you ask, ‘What is going on?’ You want the movies to show you the chaos and mess and risk and failure that are normal for a lot of us. Generally, the movies hide all of that.” Wesley Morris
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Can you not feel the adrenaline flowing as you weather the lightning and blizzard against the  formidable forces of evil. Can you not feel your hands clench into a fist of fury, your teeth gnash in anger, and your body tighten  profusely in dripping sweat as you dive head on into battling the forces of evil and destruction.

Do you not moan and gasp as you flinch from the deafening punch from your mortal enemy or the agony of being dragged then thrown airborne against a brick wall 500-feet away?

Is this not proof then, that you are genetically pre-disposed to see, think, act, engage and defend the very innermost core of righteousness?

Who doesn’t think or say after the flames of victory emerges in defeating the evil empire that the betterment of decent human beings has been defended?

Who doesn’t say within the realm of social acceptability that, “Wow, that was a great movie!”  Implying, it’s just a movie! But in many ways, the movies depicts a sense of reality. Our Super Heroes aren’t totally make believe.

Deep inside, you’re thinking. “Damn! I wish I had all those powers to kick ass against all the injustices of the Universe!”

In the end, you realize Super Heroes get bashed, they hurt, they bruise, they get exhausted, they sometimes feel defeated, but it’s all collateral damage that comes with the ultimate self-sacrifice. They know it. You know it.

In the end, you are no different than the Super Heroes, except they’re doing cinema, while you are doing life!

Being a Super Hero looks glamorous when they’re all suited up but in the aftermath of all battles, they really need a hot shower, some good food, a soft bed, and maybe if they’re lucky some recognition that their self-sacrifice will be meaningful in many ways long after the flames die down, and the battle field of our endeavors become fruitful, peaceful and beautiful. At least until the next round.

Out of the bag. You are a Super Hero!

Put yourself on the cinema and there you are doing life as best as you can, often relying upon Super human powers just to get by and to overcome the demands and adversity of every day life.  And if that’s not enough people less capable, less able, and less fortunate than you, call upon you for help!

Whoever you are, whatever is your situation, whatever your challenges, however difficult it is, you often call upon your most inner-most Super Human power to juggle all of this, to get through despite being driven to total exhaustion and covered with ash and sweat in the aftermath of these difficult life event, life circumstance or life situation.

In the midst of it all, you hear a higher calling for self-sacrifice.

So what is Self-Sacrifice?  What is this driving force that is so common in the Super Heroes of the Universe, and you?

Let’s find out.

Self Sacrifice is the giving up of one’s own interests or wishes in order to help others or to advance a cause or an ideal.

Self Sacrifice is the act of giving up something that you want to have or keep in order to help someone else.

Likewise, short of being a cinema Super Hero, there is a down-to-earth practical side to self-sacrifice. For us who are earth bound, be mindful and prudent not to “bankrupt” yourself; for doing this does not do you, or others any good.

This means be careful of the total depletion of your energy, your time, your sleep, your money, your relationships, your sense of self and decency, and your will.

If you sacrifice you must be mindful to do only what you may be able to, or capable of doing to sustain such limitations.

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“I got taught a lot of great lessons by superhero comics as a kid about virtue and self-sacrifice and responsibility. And those were an important part of imprinting my DNA with ethical and moral values.” Mark Waid

“Nothing makes one feel so strong as a call for help.” Pope Paul VI

“Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.” Mahatma Gandhi

“For me, writing post-apocalyptic novels isn’t so much about exploding helicopters and fifty-megaton doomsday bombs as it is about the pleasure of dealing with the best of everything that makes us human: cleverness, grit, loyalty, and self-sacrifice.” Jeff Carlson

“For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice – no paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service.” John Burroughs

“Entrepreneurs may be brutally honest, but fostering relationships with partners and building enduring communities requires empathy, self-sacrifice and a willingness to help others without expecting anything in return.” Ben Parr

“Only an intervention by women around the world, with their innate knowledge of interdependency, deep listening, empathy and self-sacrifice, could possibly alter our species’ desperate course.” Anohni

“Parenthood is such a lesson in self-sacrifice.” Angela Kinsey

Back to the cinema: In the cinema the Super Hero will always face a future outcome. It is a future bringing hope and promise. These thoughts makes me ponder of the future entrusted with the youth of our planet.  As it has always been. One generation succeeds another. We must give more weight to our youth to make our world a better place, their place to live and flourish.

“More and more – especially the younger generation – are functioning outside the binary concept of gender. That’s just next-generation stuff.” Anohni

“In movies, there are some things the French do that Americans are increasingly incapable of doing. One is honoring the complexities of youth. It’s a quiet, difficult undertaking, requiring subtlety in a filmmaker and perception and patience from us.” Wesley Morris

Youth, The Super Heroes of Our Future

“We must act in unison and rising above politics on the question of development of the country and empowerment of the youth to raise them as future leader in every field of our national life.” Shehbaz Sharif

“The power of youth is the common wealth for the entire world. The faces of young people are the faces of our past, our present and our future. No segment in the society can match with the power, idealism, enthusiasm and courage of the young people.” Kailash Satyarthi

The Super Heroes of today will not live forever. In their place, in their bestowed wisdom and power as they had acquired, they too shall pass it on to their successors.

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