Maximillian Amadeus Banzai (banzai) wrote,
Maximillian Amadeus Banzai

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War and heroes

Life without war is impossible either in nature or in grace. The basis of physical, mental, moral, and spiritual life is antagonism. This is the open fact of life.

—Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (4 December, "The Law of Antagonism")

The common theme of my video entertainment of late has been heroes:
  • In Band of Brothers, young men sign on to be thrust headlong into the horrors of World War II. They're not presented as flawless in character, but simply as men who have resolved to serve and even die for the sake of their country and loved ones. They are doing their job, a job few of us (then or certainly now) can fathom. Besides dangers to life and limb, those who survive have seen in a way no one who hasn't been there will ever understand. It is no small burden.
  • In V for Vendetta, it's a different sort of fight for freedom, this time from the authoritarian government in a dystopian future United Kingdom. It's plenty flashy, plenty violent, and paints with broad strokes that can sometimes come off as an attack against any kind of authority, but particularly any authority connected with religion.
  • In Heroes, individuals around the globe find themselves developing extraordinary powers. A few, like Hiro and Peter, connect their abilities to a longed-for sense of purpose and destiny. Dark forces are also at work, threatening nothing short of the end of the world.
It's all entertainment and fiction, eye and mind candy of varying flavors, yet it hints at truths, just as Chambers suggests. Struggle is a reality. There are powers fighting even now, within the fabric of our mundane worlds and far beyond them. We hunger for destiny and freedom because we were made for them. And seeing the war will change us.
Tags: chambers, hope, movies, quotes, struggle, tivo, truth

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