Dark Knight Inspired Thoughts

On Friday of last week Ami and I went to see the newest Batman movie, Dark Knight. To read my movie review please visit my Flixster profile. The point of this post however is not to talk about the movie but the thoughts it inspired in me.

When I was young I watched heroic movies and dreamed that one day I could be a hero like that.
When I got older I realized that heroic movies are entertainment and nothing more.
Now I’m beginning to think that heroic movies while entertaining do, and should inspire us to be heroes.

Each of us has a little hero in us. A desire to be a cause for good in society, and a means to ending evil and inspiring love and kindness. Little heroic inspirations are necessary to bring out the hero in each of us and movies do a great job of that.

You see I believe that each of us has a calling on this earth. A purpose, which in its own right is a form of fighting evil and inspiring good. Everyone from school teachers, artists, doctors, professionals, business owners, mothers, computer programs, salesman, and even lawyers in their own way have an opportunity to make a difference. It is in this pursuit of creating greater value in the lives of others that we ourselves can be blessed, and in a literal sense become more powerful. That is what makes a Hero. Many of us have heroes in our lives to which we look up to.

Just like Harry Potter taught us that ultimate power comes from strong, loyal, and sincere relationships, the hero in each of us strives to become an asset to those he/she cares about. Most unfortunately the villain in each of us fights this cause. The villain doesn’t want to care about those around us and all his thoughts are self-centered and selfish. The villain in us inspires us to take from others and society creating value for ourselves only. The villain encourages us that our only purpose is to serve ourselves and those who rely on us. The villain feels no need to create strong relationships except out of a selfish need to leech off of others.

I am grateful for the heroes in cinema, literature, and real life all around us that inspire me to strenghten the hero inside of me by serving others, and becoming stronger myself only in turn to be a greater asset to all those for whom I care.

Feel free to share your favorite heroes and what you have learned from them.

Jacob S Paulsen

0 Responses to Dark Knight Inspired Thoughts

  1. Ami Paulsen August 6, 2008 at 3:25 pm #

    You’re my hero

  2. Linda G. Paulsen August 6, 2008 at 4:53 pm #

    A hero doesn’t think of himself as heroic.
    And for what it’s worth,Jacob, you are one of mine.

  3. Chris August 7, 2008 at 6:15 am #

    I rather be neither. I like to be cooped up in my house away from the world…but when it comes down to it, I can’t. Something inside me wants to be better at helping those around me. I guess I should just act on those impulses.

    Good blog post!