I watched Captain America for the first time last night – I know, I’m sorry, I can hear the boo’s from here, but nonetheless it happened so be happy. Early in the movie I was taken back by a comment made by Doctor Abraham Erskine who describes why he has chosen Rogers to become Captain America:
[flashback of how Schmidt takes Erskine’s formula and injects himself with it]
Dr. Abraham Erskine: Schmidt must become that superior man.
Steve Rogers: Did it make him stronger?
Dr. Abraham Erskine: Yeah. But, there were other effects. The serum was not ready. But more important, the man. The serum amplifies everything that is inside. So, good becomes great. Bad becomes worse. This is why you were chosen. Because a strong man, who has known power all his life, will lose respect for that power. But a weak man knows the value of strength, and knows compassion.
Steve Rogers: Thanks. I think.
This moment in the movie really touched me and made me realize why certain people influence change and others create animosity. Those raised in humble upbringings who value respect and honor integrity, when given the right chance willwill their way to greatness. Unfortunately in our culture, everyone wants things given to them, especially those who have had their whole lives carved out from fine marble and given anything they’ve ever desired. The great men and women in society have not become great because they got lucky. Each sob story that preaches of rags-to-riches consists of individuals who have created their own luck, built their own destinies. Steve Rogers never asked to be Captain America, but in a certain sense he did. He never wanted to be mitigated to factory work when his best friend was out being a hero, he wanted to give his life up for what he believed in, whether America thought he was strong enough to do so. He never backed down from a fight, never stayed silent when he thought there was justice to be done, and never was frightened of others deemed more powerful than him by the general public. He created his own luck and in doing so became the greatest hero of all time (in literary sense).
So with this, go out, be daring, and create your own luck. If you stay humble and never lose sight of what made you great, you will do extraordinary things.
Currently Hearing: Sister Hazel, blasting in the living room while I drift out into literary space in my bedroom