Today, I’m deviating from what I had originally planed to post because I watched a couple of martial arts movies yesterday. There seems to be some recurring themes in these movies, besides the obvious “kick-butt” scenes:
- There’s always a villain: there always seems to be someone who is either a corrupt businessman, political leader(s), or a corrupt royal. The lessons I get from these movies is; we seem to like having leaders. No matter what we do in life, we like to have someone who will lead us along the path we chose, whether it’s good or bad. We consciously follow someone who tells us that if we follow them, we can have what we want – money, power, security/safety… you name it, we feel that we can only get what we want from following someone who uses us to their benefit while telling us that we’ll get what we want by following them. I fail to understand this mentality.
- There is the individual: the individual is usually the hero of such films. Why? Why is it there is only one person that stands up for his/her dignity, his/her rights as a human-being and becomes the hero? Why isn’t there more people standing up for what’s right, not just for themselves, but for everyone? Are we that weak, selfish, greedy or self-absorbed that we feel stronger in a group so to take from others that is legitimately theirs? The individual, whether in movies or real life is the one that suffers a lot for not yielding to the pressures of the masses. In movies, the individual, after suffering great losses – friends, family, home, wealth, health… you name it, they emerge as the smiling victors, which we know is not always true. We may emerge victorious, but not always smiling. We may have done well for ourselves and others, or sometimes, just for others, but we know that someone had to do something other than just let the injustices continue.
Today, we still have people not only willing to follow others, but look for someone to lead us through our tough times. Around the world there are protests of all kinds, demanding fairness in government; equal opportunities to earn a decent living; wholesome foods; clean water; a place to call home that is comfortable; education… the list goes on and on. In the U.S., Presidential elections are afoot, and it seems that people are willing to make their choices from the two main parties – a choice between the “lesser of two evils”, but does anyone care that there are other candidates? There is the “Occupy Wall Street” protests going on in the U.S., Arab Spring… and all of these have leaders, and people willing to follow them. Where are the individuals like Mahatma Gandhi who taught us that to bring about true change, it starts with us, the individual – with our attitude of peace and love. The quiet revolution of love and peace is what governments and corporations can’t control. The moment you/we become violent is the moment you’ve/we’ve lost the battle. Governments have shown us repeatedly that they know how to deal with violence, and haven’t we seen enough violence? Haven’t we understood the old expression, “Fighting for peace is like having sex to create virginity” (ok, I cleaned it up :p ), or what Albert Einstein told us long ago, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”, and, “I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless those people themselves refuse to go to war.”
We as individuals, not as an organized group (at least not at the start) have to be willing to stand alone when no one else will and declare, “This is NOT right!”
The world is changing rapidly, right now, as you read this – you know this to be true, even if you don’t talk about it with others. Where will you be when the dramatic changes come to you? With a group of followers, or standing for what you know is true and correct for you and all others?
Are you a follower, or an individual? We don’t need more leaders, we need everyday people willing to be examples of truth, love and peace.
All the best on your quest for… you!