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a gentle Fuss!


For the record, “A Gentle Fuss” is a name of a Blog posited by Mr. Nick Milne.

However, I like that title for this posting. I can only try to do it justice the way Nick has.

In any event, David Shafer recently commented on my Blog Post: really looking at donald Trump:

“Hmmm….setting up a comparison between a fictional character and a real live human is unsettling business, no?”

Shortly afterwards the inestimable Mr. Brian Visaggio (he should not be offended, in any way, by my referring to him as a Mr.) posited: Batman Can’t solve the Problem

Batman thus does what he does in response to evil, and has been unable to find a way to respond to evil except in evil. By this I don’t even necessarily mean his violence, but by his justification, this need for revenge which has dominated his entire life. He cannot act apart from that need for revenge, and will not act apart from that need. This sets him apart particularly from Spider-Man, whose spurring motivation isn’t revenge but bitter obligation. I’d admit Batman is “good” relative to the scum he takes down, but his whole image exists to inspire fear. Not awe, not dread, but bone-chattering, pantspeeing fear.

Superman seems to have it right; he does what he does purely because he’s the sort of person who would do it. His great motivation is a desire to see good done in the world, and I maintain that, had he not a single superpower, he’d still be doing good in the world. The only reason he fights is because there’s a monster that’s about to kill a number of people and that monster must be stopped; but, if there weren’t monsters, I can’t see him turning to stopping back robberies; he’d be stopping asteroids and preventing train collisions. Superman exists to make the world a better place, and to inspire the people of the world to do the same. Batman’s out for blood.

I offered my own (albeit less articulate) comment to Mr. Visaggio:

The way I understand the Batman is he does many things wrong (there is always a perspective) – but for the right reason.

His morale code is complicated.

Both Batman and superman are imbued with “other human” gifts. Faith is a gift (I think).

It seems to me that it might come down to how we use those gifts, and the message that is signaled, reflected and represented.

Maybe on a side note… Does Superman still believe in “Truth, Justice, and the American way”? But, his old “Up, Up and Awaaaay?” is so American.

So… Naturally, I had to contrive a way to fit Thomas Jefferson into all of this.

Thomas Jefferson was a Heterodox and did not know it. God gave him “other worldly” abilities as a gift. He used them for good. The result is a framework (the Constitution) that allows freedom of choice. But, he understood the rules are not for everyone. So, choices have an opportunity to reflect and represent (I discuss this in much greater detain in my prior posting: Image) the discernment God gives as a (or another) gift.

Jefferson was real.

Batman is a Heterodox possibly because writers want him to be – but, might not know it. He is also imbued with “other worldly” gifts. He does things the wrong way for the right reasons. This is why he is the “Dark Knight”.

Batman is not real. However, his complicated morale code is.

Donald Trump is larger than life (in such an American iconic sort of way). It can be fairly argued that he also has “other worldly” gifts. But, his morale code does not appear to be complicated. It reflects and represents a singularly selfish agenda. It reflects and represents so many things that parents want to protect our children from – right?

Yes…  I understand I have my own complicated past. But, as most of you are fully aware, I am also Racer X.

Trump is real. He is quite discerning (discernment is a gift) – I am sure. But, his example inspires only a FEW, and can’t inspire me the way a real American hero (that would be Jefferson [thus the title of my forthcoming book]), and a fictional character and anti-hero (that would be Batman) that stands for good (for the most part).

All three are strands in the weave of our society. They certainly make the fabric vibrant.

But where do you want to stand, reflect and represent?

Update: I have decided to name my Rhodesian Ridgback “Rowdy”. He is now three weeks old. He should be home by mid-April!

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


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