Super Powers

March 5, 2008

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   I’m off to my phone booth

 Two things I like:  Movies and TV shows filmed from different angles and viewpoints (Vantage Point & Crash) and movies and shows about men and women who have travelled this world immortally through generation and generations (Highlander & New Amsterdam).  Included in this list are movies and TV shows where someone’s super powers are the central theme of the show (Smallville & Spiderman & every other Marvel comic movie)

I’ve been thinking about why I & so many others like these projects so much, and I think I’ve come to a conclusion.  We enjoy playing God.  And these types of media are like the apple hanging from the tree, and it’s just out of our reach.  But at least we can watch.

Currently, the only person I know for sure that has the power to travel through time or to be everywhere at once or to climb tall buildings (should he choose to) is God, and it’s no secret that most of us envy, not only his position, but his abilities to “do whatever he wants.”

And we cannot.  But we wish we could.

So there’s this incredible tension that exists inside of us that cannot be quenched by the climax of a two hour flick at the theater down the street with overpriced food or the cliffhanger of 41 minutes of an episide of Lost.  The tension leaves the theater or the couch with us and stays in our minds, wishing that we too could “jump” from Main street to a Wall Street bank or that a plane crash survival was possible because being “lost” on a deserted island with Jack, Kate, or Sawyer couldn’t be all bad, right?

The only thing I know for sure is this:  That humankind, if given the opportunity for any of these types of God-like gifts, would more than likely ruin itself altogether if we had them.  Look what we’ve done with what we have.

This has been a thought I’ve had for “Watercooler Wednesday”  with Randy Elrod.

Until next time…

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The Game of Controversy.  It’s a game that people like, that people can at the very least endure to see what might happen in the future.  It’s not a bad thing, it’s just a thing.  A phenomenon that happens when tension arrives at the doorstep of our minds.

Any good speaker, pastor, newscaster, script writer,and even blogger knows that in order to capture peoples attention, there must be a focus on tension or controversy that the reader/viewer/listener expects sometime to be resolved.  And so the best bloggers/speakers/writers create this great tension/controversy and make those who are listening crave for more.

Because people want controversy.  They say they don’t.  They say they want peace.  But trust me, if Bush moves out of Iraq anytime soon, there will be someone else there waiting for the world to hate, and for the world to believe that they are the evil war villian.  If someone finally does come who brings the world together, all Christ followers (of which I am proudly one) will question the situation and fight to make sure that the unifying leader is not also trying to unify the world against God.  Why?

Because it’s the way the world was made by God, and.  Because we want it.

It’s why the Roman emperors built a building where hundreds and thousands of people could watch as people fought one another, or just tortured one another.  It’s why the NFL is the most popular sport in the United States right now and why around the world, people light other people on fire and beat the crap out of each other over 22 guys kicking around a ball.  It’s also why soap operas, Lost, 24, and Greys Anatomy are so popular – The writers, producers, and directors are experts at creating unbelievable tension that makes the viewer crave more, and want to tune in next week.

It’s also why newscasters cast a vision of despair and demise that the given situation has a very small chance for a happy ending, and why pastors sometimes scream out that the “liberal media”hates them, when probably very few of the media actually hate them (probably just Katie Couric) and most just don’t understand them.  The truth be told, there are times I don’t understand them either.

It comes down to our need for controversy and for tension.  To the adrenaline that is shot into us everytime we arrive in or view or listen to a situation that requires our attention.  This is not a bad or a good thing, it’s just a thing,and it’s also the reason why my 3 most viewed blogs in the last 4 months I’ve been blogging regularly have been the most controversial.

Wait till you see what I write about on Monday.  You just wait!

Until next time…