Saturday, February 7, 2015

Hero's Acting Differently

Last evening I saw two movies that are Oscar contenders.  I know that might seem excessive - but my husband and I were making up for months of missed date nights. Both of these movies were centered around men who performed extraordinarily on behalf of their nations during two very different, yet equally heinous wars.  However, these men couldn't be more opposite.
Chris Kyle, grew up in Midlothian, Texas.  He played football and basketball. He enjoyed hunting with his father.  Alan, traveled 60 miles by bike to attend Sherborne School in Great Britian.  He was not only able to comprehend, but also apply the works of Albert Einstein.  Sadly, Alan was bullied by his mates at school.  Chris went on to be a bronco rider after High School.  Alan went on to study at Kings College and then Princeton University.  

Chris, as a Navy Seal Sniper is credited with 160 kills out of probable 255 kills during the war with Iraq.  Chris always preferred to think of the lives he saved, instead of the lives he took.  During World War II, Alan, having developed a turning machine (computer) was able to break the unbreakable code machine Enigma used by the Nazis.  Historians credit him with shaving 2 to 4 years off of the war and saving 14 million to 21 million lives.  Despite how heroic both of these men were, their stories were always met with a certain amount of controversy.  

Since "American Sniper" hit the screens people have argued that the movie glorifies killing and war.  The release of, "The Imitation Game" was met with high praise, acclaiming that it was about time.  The feeling was that Alan Turing's role in World War II was not only kept secret because of national security, but also because he was a homosexual.  Regardless of how one feels about war or sexual identity no one can ever deny the fact that these two very different men performed heroically and saved lives.

There are still those in this world that subscribe to the idea that uniformity equals success.  It can be very hard to believe that a bullied child or a bronco riding young man could turn into a war hero.  But, nevertheless they both saved lives in two very different ways.  A line from "The Imitation Game," sort of sums all of this up "Sometimes it is the people no imagines anything of, who do things no one can imagine."  The truth is that in life we all have a unique purpose and are gifted exclusively.  We needn't allow our differences to frighten us.  It should excite us.  We do not live in a cookie cutter world. Let's stop acting that way.  

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