So I decided I would be a bum today and went and finally caught a showing Spiderman 3 over at the Hoffman Center in Alexandria, VA.
Needless to say I was definitely amazed at the quality of the film. Sure there were parts that I was somewhat dismayed by (Peter walking around town being “all that”), however the meaning behind the movie was what hit the most. I think the two phrases that stuck out in my mind were
- “A man needs to put his wife before himself.”
- “Whatever comes our way, whatever battle we have raging inside us, we always have a choice. My friend Harry taught me that. He chose to be the best of himself. It’s the choices that make us who we are, and we can always choose to do what’s right.”
The first is primarily just a reminder of the selfish nature that we have as human beings – especially as we are under the age of 30. I know, you could call me crazy, but there’s a transformation that I’ve seen in friends and family that has occurred when they hit that age for some reason. I myself am definitely selfish at times and the only thing that I can figure to do is shutup and listen to what someone else has to say rather than trying to make it my story and me that is the center of attention. Hopefully the right young lass will realize that someday that I’m listening. (crap there I go making it about me again ;))
The other quote is something that definitely hits me because I know in this crazy dog eat dog world that we live in that there are several opportunities where we don’t necessarily do what’s right, but we figure that it’s the best choice because it’s good for us. The selfish humanity of man wants the best for himself, however it’s not always doing something for ourselves which will be the best decision.
To conclude, I go back to a previous post regarding Captain Joshua T. Byers. He would have appreciated this movie for the action part of it, but I feel that he would have also appreciated the recognition of man’s selfish humanity, reminding us that it is not us that we server, but Christ. May we keep our azimuth correctly pointed and our pace properly established.