HEROES | Spirits in the Theater


Alright you guys, let’s talk about heroes. Not the show like the thing, heroes, a hero, the hero’s journey. When we as
emotional creatures watch a story we have a very emotional response because
we identify with it quite a bit, because we’re in one. Our lives are a story
right, so when we see a hero going on a journey and there you know experiencing
these conflicts, having to like overcome, go on the journey themselves, transform,
sacrifice whatever and they’re triumphant. We identify with the whole
thing because all those elements we experience in our own lives, in real life,
and that’s a very real thing. There’s this very spiritual dynamic happening here;
God Himself is a storyteller, he identifies himself as the author, right.
So, when we watch a movie, for example, and it’s not just isolated to this
experience but that’s what we’re talking about in this thread. The story is
drawing out from us a very real response that is very relevant to the life we’re
living and I think a lot of people can actually get to this place in life where
they’ve seen so many movies, based on the things that they’ve chosen to
believe, they don’t actually identify with the story as much anymore and they
treat it like something separate from their life. It’s just like a an
experience it doesn’t necessarily go anywhere it’s just entertaining and
that’s as far as the value goes. That’s just not true
and that’s not what story is designed for. I’d like to propose that actually in
the cosmic plan of us being storytellers ourselves, in the way that
we depict and tell story, there’s actually a responsibility in inherent in
that task that role that we perform as a storyteller. It’s our job to take our
audience on a journey and lead them through that process no matter what
elements are in play, to arrive at a place to triumph, of hope, of faith, of
this belief and conviction that I can do it; that I can win, that I can be mean,
that that is relevant to my story and there’s something here I’m supposed take
away from. I actually have a big problem with stories that don’t have some kind
of moral take away or that isn’t responsibly like
stewarding that message to their audience and I’ve noticed in the last
several years especially when it comes to movies because I’m an avid movie goer
I love movies where my favorite things to do; the way we tell story is changed
obviously over the decades that we’ve been doing this, for various reasons,
and there’s lots of cool fun artistic creative ways that we’re
telling story that’s progressing and that’s awesome and I love progress when
it comes to becoming better at our craft. I don’t love progress for the sake of
progress. When we’re innovating and improving because we want to do better
at being more effective with the assignment on being a storyteller, I love
that. Okay, so in that whole journey as storytellers, I’ve noticed a trend where
the hero, the protagonist, is no longer as noble as they used to be. They’re not as
their moral compass is not as defined and not as solid as the hero used to be
and I actually see that as a huge problem in this industry when it comes
to how we influence culture in the way that people think. The hero needs to be
something we can aspire to and like want to reach for not someone that’s just so
relatable that they’re just like the neighbor next to us are just like
whoever. The hero needs to have something beyond what we’re experiencing to
inspire us to rise to that occasion and actually instill those values in
ourselves. We want to be able to go to that place where we’re ascending in
our moral compass and our morality and our ability to make choices and to
choose well because there is a right and wrong way to go about navigating
whatever scenario we’re in. The hero is supposed to inspire and guide and affirm
and champion the hero that’s inside of us and when the hero has all this you
know inner turmoil and like moral degradation where they’re just like any
other character in the story or when the hero and the villain don’t have very
much different in them they’re just different points of view we’ve got a
huge problem. We’ll talk about villains in a later video but the hero distinctly
needs to be embodying values and characteristics that we ascribe to even
if we don’t currently possess them. Though, hero’s job is to depict and carry
out that, not just a movie in life as well but especially in a story, that
needs to be present and I’ve noticed that a lot of the heroes were watching
now we don’t see a lot of that anymore. Like if you look at even some of the
superhero movies that have come out, like look at ant-man, look at Iron Man, look at
I mean even Captain America in his journey he started out being this like
really square like you know moral old-fashioned dude and now if you look
at the movies that Captain America’s in at this point he’s just like everybody
else I mean he’s got his different vantage point, his different perspective and we
understand how he got there but his moral compass has been shattered
he doesn’t know where he’s going anywhere he’s lost in the modern world
and what he’s supposed to be here and does he have a place in whatever. And I
understand what they’ve done I just don’t agree with it, I don’t think it’s
responsible, I think it’s sad. Like, these heroes are supposed to lead the charge
and take us somewhere; and you can look at all kinds of stories now with heroes
in them they’re relatable, they’re relevant, we buy them, we believe them
like totally that’s a believable character. I don’t know the believability
is the highest aim here I think inspiration and hope is supposed to be
where we’re coming from in this and so I that’s a huge part of how I assess and
value whether a movie was good or not and I know that my standard, in my
opinion, is different than most people’s and I think a lot of us have different
opinions of movies. But, I’m looking for is the spirit of the film actually
contributing to the audience is it actually bringing value to them is it
increasing their ability to succeed in their own story or is it taking it away,
is it confusing them, is it causing this to be a lot less conducive toward
progress in their own story, right? So, when I’m looking at movies I’m looking
for, ‘hey is that being presented, is that being offered, is that being handled well,’
and I’ve been surprised at certain movies that have brought that in their
characters that you would think like it’s kind of racy movies right at our
it’s whatever but they’re actually bringing something of substance in the
spirit to the audience members. Versus a movie that seems like it should be
really fun and family-friendly whatever but actually the character is kind of
lame. I mean the hero’s missing some stuff that we need in order to be what
we call a hero. Um, so that’s something you guys want to be aware of as you’re watching
these movies like understand the story is actually bringing something to your
life it’s imparting something that you should be able to use, it should be
propelling you toward courage, and overcoming, and victory, and faith, and
hope, and anticipation for who you are and what’s coming down the road because
that’s what God’s doing and the story is supposed to be doing that as well and
you can still sift and sort of pick through any story and find elements like
that but as storytellers, I’m like man, we need to bring something better to the
table when it comes to how we influence people in this vein especially because
of how pervasive it is because it does affect the way that people value and
identify with themselves in their journey as well. So you guys, when you’re
watching a movie just be aware you’re never alone.

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