Last week my sweetheart and I went to see the Avengers, which I’m going to talk about so if you haven’t seen it, don’t read any further until you do. It was, as many of you already know, awesome. The highest praise I can give them is that I would pay to see it again. While I go to movies like that because I love superheroes, mainly because we don’t have any in reality, I always find some life affirming or moral component that I can ponder and apply to my life.
The Avengers was just chock full of these little, as I see them, gems. The one that stood out to me though was the scene where all of the “heroes” were gathered together in the meeting room, discussing what to do now that they had captured their “arch nemesis”. Now the characters had been brought together mostly against their will. They’d been threatened, ordered, manipulated and simply compelled to come together. Most of them had ego’s the size of the sun, due in part to their abilities to save the world all by themselves. In this case though they can’t do it alone, they have to work together, to have each others backs, to be willing to give the last great measure.
Although the bad guy was able to affect them and cause contention, their egos and attitudes are why tempers flared, offense was given and taken and contention ruled the day. They were so busy one upping each other, so busy scoring points, so busy giving out the “burn” they didn’t even know the bad guys had landed on their ship and were systematically destroying it. By the time they realized this it was almost too late. People died including a very good man, who kept his eye on the prize and was there to try to stem the tide of disaster. His sacrifice enabled the good guys to come together but at what cost. Revenge fueled their rage and while it united them the fight still had dangerous and disastrous consequences.
So why did that so affect me. Because that is where we are today. We as conservative Republicans and Libertarians can either unite behind the nominee or continue to tear each other apart. All the while the “bad guys”, those people who have put our economy in the toilet, who have made us a laughing stock internationally, who have compromised our security by allowing unfettered access to our boarders and intelligence, to take away our liberties and freedoms and who have forced us to endure illegal search and seizure (in our homes, schools and at airports, bus terminals and concerts). People who allow those without the best interest of the country access to the halls of justice, who are more interested in not offending our enemies and who don’t care how they offend our allies.
We have a choice. Loki, the trickster god who sought the subjugation of all mankind with himself as the all powerful ruler and god or the freedom to create our own destinies. Which group of politicians desires to make decisions for everyone, which seeks the freedom for everyone to make decisions for themselves? Which seeks to “help” us because we are too stupid, or ignorant, or childish to rule ourselves or which want to assure us the opportunity to make those decisions and to live by the consequences of our decisions?
This scene illustrates my point exactly: (Loki is the bad guy and he starts a rumpus in Germany)
Loki: [to crowd] Kneel before me. I said… KNEEL! Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It’s the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life’s joy in a mad scramble for power. For identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.
German Old Man: [Stands] Not to men like you.
Loki: There are no men like me.
German Old Man: There are always men like you.
(source IMDB quotes The Avengers)