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Learning from Movies: KICK-ASS

Last year, Kick-Ass made some money.

Some people voiced concern over the language used in the film. Chloe Moretz, who played Hit-Girl, has said that if she ever spoke like her character, she would be grounded for years (when I checked, the Benchmade 42 that Hit-Girl wants for her birthday is still out of stock).

Two different groups attacked it for its depiction of violence – fans of the original comic books thought it wasn’t violent enough, and watchdog groups thought it was far too violent.

They all seemed to miss the points: That the capacity for heroism is in everyone. That every one of us can be a powerful force for good, if we only let ourselves be.

More inspiration and lessons coming up.

  • At some point in our lives, we all wanted to be a super-hero.
  • Follow the ones who hunger for more than mere existence.
  • You don’t need super powers to be a hero.
  • More people would want to be Spider-Man if he had a porn tape
  • With great power comes great responsibility, but even without power, there’s still responsibility
  • Do more than wish that you could help
  • “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” – Edmund Burke
  • Heroism requires the perfect combination of optimism and naiveté
  • You are far, far greater than you believe yourself to be – but don’t skimp on the body armor, either
  • Sometimes your friends are dicks, and then again sometimes one turns out to be your worst enemy
  • What you want, who you are, your purpose in life – is what it is. You can’t just reprogram yourself
  • Three guys laying into one guy while everybody else watches is more wrong than some bystander risking his life to defend the one guy
  • Good intentions are no substitute for planning and training – and it helps to have Big Daddy watching your back
  • One individual can make a difference. At the very least, that one person can inspire an army of others

You don’t need to be a costumed vigilante, but some people take up the mantle.
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