What role can movie heroes play for us today?
How can or do they impact us?
How could we use them to our advantage?
Stories and movies usually have a common pattern, often having some predictable themes. The hero or heroes run into challenges, face difficulties, resolve problems emerging from this by saving others and often being saved or transformed themselves. There is always a difference made, righting the wrongs, saving people, countries, cities, justice, finding ourselves and being freed.
Think of movies that you have seen. I think of movies like the The Hobbit, Avatar, Fast & the Furious, Transformers, Star Trek, Song for Marion, Schindler’s List, Bridesmaids, James Bond, ‘Up’, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Help, Marley & Me. These movies engender different types of feelings. Some will be watching a small person win over the large person who has lots of power but who is corrupt or a justice issue to fight against, or emotions that touch you and help you feel connected with your emotions like tears, or pain or laughter.
Heroes can show us the way to face difficulties, ways to overcome life challenges. We see this through the use of strength, virtue, wisdom, knowledge, capacity to live and be loved, perseverance, creativity, curiosity, open mindedness, honesty, teamwork, fairness, forgiveness, humility, self-control, gratitude, hope, humour, spirituality and diligence.