An Inspiring Story: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Captain America: The First Avenger
is the story of Steve Rogers, a sickly man from Brooklyn who is transformed into super-soldier Captain America to aid in the war effort. If we pull the mask off this superhero film, an allegory is exposed on one man's fight to claim his supreme destiny.
At first blush, Rogers is an undersized and ostensibly frail guy. We quickly learned, however, that looks are deceiving. After a back alley fight, defending the honor of his country, Rogers is shown to possess a tenacious fighting spirit and the heart of a lion.
Rogers is a man who has had to fight his whole life. No breaks. No easy passes. Every door he tries to enter seems to slam right in his face. But he knows and accepts the calling on his life. His life mission is to fight for his country and on the front line.
Rogers is too frail and fails every requisite physical test to "be all you can be." He is determined, however, to live his dream for his life. He relays to a close friend, minutes before trying for the umpteenth time to pass a physical, "I'm not going to sit in a factory."
Accepting Only His Truth
Rogers refuses to accept other people's truths for his own life. He refuses to believe he was born to languish in a dreamless factory. He clearly knows he is meant for more. He is prepared to fight and there is no quit in him.
If Rogers was demonstrating fear, he would speak from a positive belief that he will experience something he does not wish to happen. Instead, he draws from a place of faith. The kind of faith that he will experience something that he wishes to have to happen.
Rogers says to his friend, "there are men laying down their lives and I've got no right to do any less than them." He clearly refuses here to accept any limitations on his life. His mother, his best friend, and the recruitment services have no power over him because he knows within his heart the truth for his life.
And by a stroke of serendipity, Rogers is not only admitted into the armed services, but he also undergoes an experiment that transforms his slight body into the maximum human potential.
When Strength Alone Is Not Enough
This is where the story gets really interesting. Finally having regained the power to escape a retentive snare, he found that strength alone was not enough. Rogers' body is now at the maximum human potential, yet he finds himself relegated to a sideshow act, selling war bonds city to city.
In one of the most pivotal scenes in the film, Rogers sketches a caricature of himself as a dancing monkey on a string. He then confesses to his love interest, "I got everything I wanted and I'm wearing tights." He is confused on how the dream for his life got so derailed.
Even his colonel has a different truth for his life. He derides him openly as a "chorus girl" and a "circus act" and is content at relegating "the super soldier" to entertainment. Rogers becomes aware that he is living other people's truths for his life. He comes to understand he has been distracted from the path of his heart.
To Take Bold Action
Rogers had to take bold action to extricate himself from a limited existence. Realizing strength alone would not put him on the path of his heart, he had to undertake a daring mission and go behind enemy lines before the army and the powers that be understood Roger's truth for Roger's life.
Some of us have been relegated to a sideshow act, selling war bonds city to city. Some of us have been disconnected from our unique voice and the special vision for our lives. Some of us, like Rogers, suddenly have everything we ever wanted only to find ourselves unfulfilled and empty.
But Rogers, trapped and limited, got that all-important spark. He learns that a unit was lost in a battle against enemy forces. Refusing to believe that his close friend in that unit is dead, Rogers mounts a solo rescue attempt.
The Decision To Act Now
Have we received that all-important spark that clearly illuminates the path to freedom? Have we, like Rogers, found the courage to act? How many of us need to mount a solo rescue attempt for ourselves? Steve might have saved his comrade, but more importantly by acting boldly, he saved himself.
If we take anything away from Captain America, it is that oftentimes we have to fight for our destiny. Even when we make it, we still must fight. We must fight until we are living the path of our individual heart.
Oftentimes, the fight comes after a period of inactivity. Instead of languishing in a factory, Rogers finds himself languishing in the army. Rogers fell asleep. It happens. Sometimes in life we fall asleep, but that is not the end. Our new beginning is the reclamation of our path to freedom. Our new beginning is taking each and every spark, acting on it boldly, and with faith of a greater and brighter tomorrow.
- An Inspiring Story: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
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