Thursday, February 25, 2016

R-Rated Super-Hero Films: Disaster For the Genre & the Country

Deadpool is an appropriate name for this character. His white eyes demonstrates that he has no soul--he doesn't believe he has a soul, anyway, and he acts accordingly--and his suit being red symbolizes that he tends to act out in anger rather than in love (and when you don't have self-love--because he can't reflect properly on what he's doing because his eyes are white, you can't come to a proper self-love of self, nor a proper love of anyone else, which is why he says that he's "Unf*ckable," that's all he sees himself as being, a sex object, and all he sees an "other" as being, also a sex object). His mouth is sewn shut because the lack of intellect feeding his speech: because he can't see what is meant to be seen (our "mystical sight" and the ability to interiorly reflect) nothing feeds his intellect, so there isn't anything to come out of his mouth that is of any value (the wise man speaks wisdom, the fool says nothing that is wise). The black on his shoulders demonstrates that he's dead to carrying the burdens of others or the weight of the greater good upon himself; even is he does it once or twice, in general, he's acting on his own behalf, not the behalf of the greater good, as Captain America would do, for example. All of this is validated by the phrase, "dead pool": instead of being a living pool of life-giving water, i.e., Grace, he is a pool of death because he himself is dead in his sins and cannot, therefore, give life to anyone else. 
Why did Deadpool do so well at the box office? Because liberalism has successfully poisoned the moral base of America. It's quite simple: why do the majority of films--super-hero films included--have "saving the world from destruction" as their main plot vehicle? How many films, dear reader, have you seen in which it is the primary objective of the hero(es) to save the world from some villain's threat of utter annihilation, and yet, we keep going to see those films over and over and over and over,... so why? Because it's not saving the world that we are interested in, it's saving our world. Your world, on the individual scale and level, the world that you as an individual exist and live in. No, I don't mean because you live in the world that the world has to be saved (as was pointed out in Guardians Of the Galaxy), rather, the world in which you live, breathe, make choices and experience the consequences of those choices,... that world. When we see Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) risking everything to save the world, Hunt is doing so in order to instruct us, the viewers, on how to live our own lives on a day-to-say, moment-to-moment basis. This is meant to inspire you, not to jump onto airplanes and ride them high into the sky, but to forgive the person who cuts in front of you in traffic and nearly causes you to wreck, to not take advantage of the time you are on the clock at work to watch YouTube videos instead, to tell the truth even if you could get away with telling a "white lie," to refrain from any language which shouldn't be uttered in the presence of a child, to speak kindly to someone who is angry with you. THIS IS POWER. You have the power to choose between the easy road of immediate gratification of being angry and exercising that anger with your actions, or to exercise virtue and use your power of free will to respond in love and kindness. That is power. That is what being a super-hero is all about. How does this "save the world?" It's saving your world because you are choosing to be a Superman rather than a Lex Luthor and making selfish choices rather than selfless choices.
Remember when, as a child, Clark was getting bullied by classmates, but when the bus started sinking, he saved them all anyway? That is what a hero is, not the power of lifting the bus out of the water, but the power to overcome the greedy desire for revenge and stand-by and watch them all die instead (which is what his father, played by Kevin Costner suggested he do instead, and there is an important reason for that). Atheists are fond of asking, "If God is good, why does He allow evil?" and the simple answer is, so we can become good like God. Evil is the abuse of our free will: Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao, Castro, Che and Bill Clinton all did things which abused their free will in choosing a lower and base action rather than a virtuous and higher action. In Batman vs Superman, it appears that we are going to see a Superman making less-than-virtuous choices because we see in the latest and final trailer Clark Kent jumping into a bath tub with a naked Lois Lane, which--heretofore--Superman NEVER would have done, but the liberals at Warner Bros are pushing a liberal agenda and that means undermining the moral fabric of this country by re-drawing the true identity of our heroes from selfless and good people to, "Oh, that's good enough, everyone else is doing after all, why shouldn't I?"   
Hunt, like so many other heroes, is an example of the heroic, and the brave, the righteous and the good. These are virtues and qualities literally abhorrent to the liberal Left: conservatives will overlook an individual's mistakes and shortcomings, if the achievements and sacrifices that person made inspires us to be better in our own lives and to do great things; liberals see great people and drag out every skeleton from their closet to justify not becoming a great person or doing great things, and to justify living in the gutter of moral decay. That's just how it is. This leads us to the "R" rating for super-hero films.
The Spartans of 300 weren't super-heroes by the strict definition, but they were certainly heroes. It's tempting to think, "Yea, if I had a body like that, I would be able to go fight like them, too," but that's missing the point. Their body is a metaphor of their soul: their soul is their strength, and that inner-strength is what gives their body strength because they always choose to do the right thing. They have the moral right on their side, not like Xerxes who has legions of slaves who will die on his whim. It's easy to sit in a theater and take the side of the hero, but when someone needs your help, that's when the American Gospel of morality and virtue want to be championed by you when you take them up and form your soul to those standards. Do you? Are you a Spartan, or a Deadpool? 
The Left is attempting to make people believe that you can still be a "super-hero" and be a bad person at the same time. In other words, engage in adulterous sex; support abortion, use foul language, do drugs, get drunk, get a sex change, support homosexuality, take all the entitlements you have coming to you, seek revenge on those who wrong you, get away with anything you can get away with and, you know what? You'll still be a good person because no one can tell you that you aren't a good person (because God doesn't exist; remember, this is the same group of people who booed including God in their platform THREE TIMES on public television during the DNC, because they hate God). Would Captain America (Chris Evans) still be Captain America if he engaged in even one of these sins? No, he wouldn't. Because Steve Rogers disciplines himself, even before he became Captain America, to always do the highest good in any situation--to always exercise the greatest level of virtue whenever he could (including jumping on a "live" grenade to save others who hated him)--and because of that discipline, he had a great heart, and it was because of his heart that he was chosen to become Captain America (in reality, he earned it, he was the only one who was good enough to receive such power and use it wisely and for the greater good). This is why super-hero films have been so popular the last many years: these heroes embody the cultural inheritance of American values, morals and traditions, even as they are being destroyed and forgotten everywhere else in our culture so we no longer have an identity as a nation, the heroes of these films demonstrate leadership and sacrifice which we expect of our national leaders and ourselves as individuals. Seeing these films preserves the tradition of art and the function of articulating the collective unconscious of what we hold dear to our hearts: individual greatness. The individual has the power to become great, and each person is an individual with free will to choose the greatest moral good in every situation. The R-rating craze which is now pushing the genre to a moral low is a sign of the moral low all ready happening in the country, and in our hearts. Each one of us has to fight to keep this from happening, and be an inspiration to all those around us.
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