Thursday, September 26, 2013

Excerpt from Divided Desire: Chapter 9 - The Ultimate in Desire

From Another World, For this World

The 2013 movie “Man of Steel,” a present day remake of the iconic Superman story, has everything to do with expectations from another world. Director Zack Snyder’s portrayal of the origin and purpose of the Man of Steel, shouts one thing out very clearly: hope comes from another world, from outside the confines of time, space, and matter. In fact, the ‘S’ symbol on Superman’s chest, is actually not an ‘S.’ In Superman lore, it is a symbol for hope.

The man who brings hope to humankind and comes to save planet earth, comes from another world – Krypton. He is able to bring hope to the world because he is able to rise above the confines of time, space, and matter and achieve amazing feats, impossible for any human to achieve. Even though he comes from another world, the Man of Steel is the “ultimate” (except when it comes to kryptonite!) protector, savior, and carrier of hope to earth, because his power can be experienced in time, space, and matter. Through all this, he retains his otherworldly qualities. In the end, the Man of Steel proves to be the only one who can save planet earth from sure destruction, and restore peace and normalcy.

This message of hope is a great message, and a very relevant one today. There is only problem, though, with the message of hope in this film. It is based on fiction. Hope is not fictitious. Hope is real.

Hope in the Man of Steel begins and ends with the movie, and remains as fantastic as the comic-strip superhero himself. And yet, if anything, the movie helps us ask the question, “Is such help and hope from another world possible? Can we on earth experience such an ultimate reality, beyond the screen of fiction?”

Copyright © 2013, Kenny Damara. This article is an excerpt from the book Divided Desire.

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