Sunday, May 08, 2016

Unresolveable Super Heroes

Western civilization used to have Theologians and Philosophers. Even in the time of Plato there were at least "provisional answers" to the big questions of life. People that cared at least knew the form of the argument and what it meant to choose one sort of answer vs another.

These days we are looking at such questions in the context of imaginary superheroes and deciding them to be "unresolvable".  Are we to take this as "progress" from our multi-thousand year history of religion and philosophy?
“We wanted the movie to raise questions — political questions,” Joe Russo says. “They’re unanswerable questions. We certainly don’t want to provide any answers in the movie. And Cap and Tony — you could absolutely say that they represent different political points of view [on] … the question of security vs. individual freedom.” 
“Which is unresolvable,” interjects Anthony Russo ...
Ok, so when "unresolvable" questions come up how do they get "resolved"? Or have we turned superhero movies into and exercise in navel gazing?  

“Because you’re using power, somebody is going to feel disempowered. And there’s going to be a reaction.”
Ah, our old friend "power" -- "the great resolver", once you no longer have HIGHER powers! If there is a "reaction", is the "resolution" based on who has the most power? It pretty much is in movies is it not?

When you give up transcendence, then the only arbiter is POWER! Brute force is just one brand ... being more clever, trickier, able to get more people on your side, etc are all just other forms of power.

There is no way to convince others peacefully unless there is a higher standard that you can both agree on and point out how various actions are moral or immoral relative to that standard INDEPENDENT of who has the most power.

In the world we live in, people don't realize that however, so we may as well discuss theology and philosophy in the context of superheros!

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