Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good action movie, a well-balanced hero with a noble cause and nerves of steel. A true action hero has to be able to outsmart the most evil villains, fight the most unlikely battles and yet still look good afterwards. They are also known for their great one-liners. I wonder why we mere mortals never come up with the perfect one-liner.
How about ‘You’re the disease, and I’m the cure’ (Sylvester Stallone), ‘You call that a knife? This is a knife!’ (Paul Hogan), ‘I’ll be back! (Arnold Schwarzenegger), ‘I know what you’re thinking. Did he fire six shots or only five? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?’ (Clint Eastwood) or ‘Say hello to my little friend’ (Al Pacino).
These are some great one-liners. It’s true; we love a good action movie, love to sit back in the comfort of our own sofas, watching some other guy/woman fight the good fight. We feel for our hero, the pain he or she endures, the sheer courage and determination.
It’s not reality though. In reality you cannot hit a man again and again without him bleeding profusely and even possibly, dying. You cannot shoot a man again and again and still expect him to fight on as if nothing has happened. Our action heroes are just simple people who happen to make millions of Dollars pretending to be something they are not.
As parents, we tell our children not to fight, not to swear, we tell them to respect our peers, to accept all cultures and religions, to embrace life and yet society subjects them to violence every day. Children are bombarded with every form of violence imaginable. Even games are violent nowadays. Online games are all the rage. Children can now enter any number of worlds with any number of weapons. They can shoot, stab and blow up the enemy. They can charge around and play heroes, kill and kill again. The graphics are so good now that the game could well be compared to a splatter film.
I wonder how society can expect children to grow up into caring, loving adults when it is constantly subjecting them to just the opposite. It tells our children that violence is wrong, yet it serves it up to them daily. It cannot be easy to be a child in this day and age.
Just last week I read an article in a Swedish newspaper about a group of youths who beat an elderly man half to death. It’s not the first time and I know it won’t be the last. It’s not just happening in Sweden either, it’s happening all over the world.
In the movies our hero takes the hits and still gets up. His nose isn’t broken, his eyes are not blackened. It’s difficult to comprehend he has just battled it out with six grown men. The truth is: HE HASN’T!
Society needs to teach our children right from wrong. It needs to stop promoting violence and hate and start promoting a better a better way of life. As parents, we have a duty to our children, but what’s the point of us teaching our children right from wrong if society is just going to pump more violence into their lives.
There is a double standard within society that is threatening the very existence of humanity. The mighty Dollar shouts louder than the parents who are so desperately trying to teach their young. Money talks and bull**** walks. It’s a sad fact.
A hero for me is somebody who is not afraid to speak out, who is prepared to fight a peaceful battle, without violence. A hero doesn’t have to go to war against an army and single-handedly defeat the bad guys while coming up with the best one-liner the movie branch has ever witnessed.
Heroes are with us every day. You only have to look around in order to see them. Doctors, nurses, teachers, bus drivers, cleaners, dentists, single parents… The world is full of heroes, true heroes. My heroes are not world leaders, pop stars, rock stars or movie stars, but the average people who fight around the world just for the right to live. My vote goes to every man, woman and child who struggles to eat and to drink and to live in a world of peace.
What we see on the movie screen or the online game isn’t real life. It is a fantasy world and there is a huge difference between the two.
I think it is time for society to stop pumping our children with unreasonable violence and start offering them an alternative.
Until next time