MAN OF STEEL – From Comics, to Film, to Real Lifeon June 11, 2013 at 6:08 pm
There’s a seismic shift that happened during our generation that has put us in a downward spiral. This event has allowed for an abnormal freedom driving the political system to the verge of breakdown. It’s setting citizens adrift to find new paths forward. We are a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams. Our elites care only for their own agenda, our institutions are no longer working. No one can remember when they stopped working but we can see the signs that they have. The gap between the rich and the poor is so big that we don’t care that we are destroying the middle class. Our leaders abandoned their posts — we need hope.
Let’s look back to a ship wreck in 1993 that ran aground off Queens, N.Y. The ship had nearly 300 people on it who were being smuggled into the U.S. from China. The ship’s passengers listed China’s forced sterilization programs and governmental persecution from political expression as reasons to climb aboard this beat-up ship called “The Golden Venture” to reach the land of promise and freedom called America. Some paid the smugglers up to $30,000 to board the ship. Others would have organized crime syndicates front the money and the passengers would have to work off the debt somehow. When they arrived some people jumped from the ship trying to swim ashore. Ten people drowned while others were treated for exhaustion and exposure. The whole trip took most about a year to reach America. Even though they were detained by the authorities some said they would do it all over again. They knew that here in this beautiful land they could be human and allowed to live their lives. What makes this story so powerful are the citizens of a small town that recognized their fellow man’s pain and suffering and helped for months and years to come. Those that were lawyers provided legal help. Those that were doctors provided their services. The whole town and its citizens showed us the best of ourselves. They gave us hope and put us on a path for a brighter future. When did we lose that? When did we become a nation of haves and have-nots? We need to recapture who we are. We need to reignite what’s best about us.
Like that eager child running to the shop for his Superman comic, an adult now runs to a film called MAN OF STEEL. Let’s hope that a simple movie can imitate life and aspire us to reach for the stars.
Your Beloved Raphie