Because the younger members of our family keep current on cultural events, they manage to keep us current as well, as best they can. So when the super-hero movies such as Ironman, Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers appear, the young ones make sure we have an opportunity to see them.
Of course we loved the humor and imagination and visual imagery in all the movies, and really each one had underlying messages or lessons or thought-provoking passages, whatever you want to call them.
But last night we older ones watched The Avengers for the first time, and its underlying story struck me as perhaps the most topical of all right now. Topical? Really? Yep. Because for me, the super-heroes also were like the various factions in our country right now. For the most part, those factions are decent and well-intentioned, but so caught up in their own personas that just like the Avengers, they tend to work against each other rather than together.
Yet at the end, when presented with truly horrific opponents, they came together, supported each other, and saved themselves and The World. Our world. The world that right now is dealing with horrific opponents in the form of violent climate events, immigration worries, huge economic concerns, terrorist plots, well, everyone knows the litany.
So wouldn’t it be wonderful if all the members of government, legislative, judicial, administrative, actually watched The Avengers movie, actually got the message there, and actually decided, at least in the majority, to roll up their sleeves and work together to save the world? Now, that would make a really great movie!