Sunday, July 29, 2018

“All Evil Needs to Succeed is for Good Men to Do Nothing.”

Hey all.  Happy Sunday.  Happy birthday to my mom.
So, you’ll notice I never write movie reviews-I leave that to Jason.  It isn’t that I don’t like movies-I love them.  I don’t know, I think I feel like I just wouldn’t be able to do the movie justice.  But today, I’d like to talk about superheroes.
Everybody has a favorite, right?  C’mon, who is it, Superman, Wonder Woman?  Do you know their real names?  Do you know everything about that person?  If you know me, you know I Love the X-Men.  Jubilee (Jubilation Lee), Prof. Charles Xavier, Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner), Gambit (Remy LeBeau), yeah, I could go on.  I can’t say enough about my favorite characters.

However, as I grew older, I realized something.  Take this: Superman is amazing, huh?  He can fly, he has super strength, he has x-ray eyes.  What can’t this guy do?  But then, I see Batman.  He can’t fly, he’s probably stronger than the average dude, but… However, I love Batman more because he doesn’t have all that.  Everything Bruce Wayne has or does, he taught himself!  Take that, Superman.

Then came Daredevil.  What, he pretty much does what Batman does, but he doesn’t have the benefit of millions of dollars?  And, oh yeah, did I mention he’s blind!?  Now, this guy kicks ass!

Oh, but this piece isn’t about them.  So, I always want (and wanted) to be a superhero.  I am a compassionate, just person, after all.  Maybe that’s partly why this stuff appeals to me.  Then, well, in 2010 (I know, ancient) Kick-Ass comes out.  Who the hell is Kick-Ass, right?
Not a review, just my perspective.  Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so.  That was taken from IMDB, but that’s practically what I was going to say.  Dave probably doesn’t get straight As, he has disagreements with his dad, though he loves him, he doesn’t even have a car yet-he’s just a teenager but a teenager who becomes tired of injustice.

Now, we’re all tired of injustice, right?  But, that’s the thing-he starts doing something about it.  At first, yeah, he gets his ass kicked-hard.  He’s hit by a car.  I mean, it’s brutal-he starts wondering why he even did it.  But then, there’s a scene where a man is being attacked by three younger guys.  Kick-Ass tells an on-looker to go inside the nearest building and call the police.  The guy goes in but tells everybody there’s a fight in progress.  They all go outside to watch, take videos for Youtube, etc.
Hello, who is calling the police? Who is doing anything to help?  It’s like when there’s been a bad car wreck.  Most see it and “wish” they could help but either slow down to watch what’s happening (like it’s awesome) or keep driving.  They don’t want to be bothered-they don’t want any responsibility of it.  They’re late to work, or (insert any excuse here) but really?
So, meanwhile, Kick-Ass won’t back down, defending this dude.  One attacker says something like, “Just leave.  What’s wrong with you?”
If you’re response isn’t this, too, than I just don’t know.  Kick-Ass replies, “There’s three of you on one and twenty people just standing here, watching, and you’re wondering what’s wrong with me!?”
I completely understand you don’t want to be shot.  I don’t want to be shot, but there’s always Something we can do.  Now, sometimes, it isn’t deadly.  One day, Feb 2017, my father-in-law was just taking a walk around the block-he likes to stay fit.  Well, whatever happened, and he just tripped.  Okay, he’s strong and in good health, but he’s over 80 and over 6 ft tall.  It shocked him, and he was injured-he’s lying on the sidewalk, bleeding.
Car after car passed him!  WTF!  Really, nobody helped an elderly man?  Maybe they thought somebody else would?  FINALLY, an angel stopped and helped him.  She was Kick-Ass.
This actually ties in to a post I was going to write.  I was gonna take a quote that means something to me and explain it.  I hope I did.  “All evil needs to succeed is for good men to do nothing.”  Let’s all be superheroes, like Kick-Ass, my favorite, real-world superhero.
Seriously, go watch the movies, too.  If you have, wasn’t it outstanding enough to watch it again?  It has a Lot of language.  Guys, I’m not telling you it’s okay to spew obscenities, but there are plenty of worse things people could do then to drop the “F-bomb”.
You will never regret doing a good deed.

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