Okay, continuing from part 1…
So, as I have already covered, there is an attitude toward both real and imaginary people that is very harsh, and it is very prevalent.
But I recognize that I may be the only one who thinks it is a problem. So I am now going to dive into this question: Is it deserved?
Specifically, do these both real and unreal people deserve to be spoken of, cursed, and held a grudge against, in this manner?
What makes this question important even for the made up characters is that many of them do things that real people have done, so we have something to compare them to.
I’m going to go back to Hawk Girl, a. k. a. Shirira, what exactly did she do?
Well, she lied. But that is hardly enough, we all have lied. What makes hers worse, so we think, is that she lied to her friends, multiple times. About who she was, why she was there, and what her own people planned to do.
To be fair, the last one she didn’t know herself and lied more than she thought.
We might jump on that and say, she should have found out what her own people were really planning. Ignorance is no excuse.
It may be no excuse, but all of us have been ignorant and I daresay we acted upon what we thought, instead of what we knew.
So far, I see nothing that overwhelmingly wrong in what she did.
But it turned more serious, she helped her own people defeat her friends, telling them what their weaknesses were, so they could be exploited. She did nothing to stop them from hunting them down. She sucker punched the guy who she’d claimed to be in love with. After asking him to trust her. Not to mention that she’d never told him she was already engaged. Not that she could be absolutely certain that was going to be a problem since it had been five years with no word from her own people.
All this is pretty bad. On top of it all, she was betraying the whole planet of Earth, almost leading to its destruction. This was heavy stuff.
But as bad as it was, Hawk Girl was never the callous kind of betrayer. She felt guilty for everything.
And I never blamed her for wanting to believe in her own people, who wouldn’t?
It was a tough call, because if they didn’t destroy earth, their enemies would destroy them.
At one memorable moment in the film, Hawk Girl is angrily arguing with her old fiancé, Ro, and cries “So we just trade their lives for our own? That’s not right.” Or something like that.
In a word, Shirira is talking about Honor. Earth is full of life, and its people have no quarrel with the Gordanians, they are not in the war. They were duped. There is no excuse at all for, as she says, for committing this kind of holocaust. Even thought Thanagarians do face extinction by letting Earth survive, it was their fight, their risk, and their choice. We never find out how the war started or who was at fault, but it is certain that the technologically advanced Thanagarians could have had other options, had they not been such a barbaric society. They waited too long, but that was their own fault.
There is no country on earth that could substitute another into its war to be killed in its stead, thank goodness, and I think because of that it is difficult to realize how horrible the idea is. But Shirira did, the reason she was conflicted was because these were her people, how could she turn on them?
She does the same thing to them that she did to the Justice League, but she tells Green Lantern “I did what I thought was right then, which is what I’m doing now.”
I wish I could say that Shirira at least never regretted her choice, but she did. Not enough to unmake it, but she felt horribly guilty and to make matters worse, many people, even in the Justice League, kept ribbing her on it. Eventually she got to the point where she didn’t even want to hear about forgiveness because it was too painful. She got flack for not being able to be loyal to anyone.
I just shake my head, these people entirely missed the point.
Honestly, I think the people writing the series missed the point.
Shirira messed up, but she was listening to her conscience the entire time, and ultimately she did the right thing. She lost her people, you’d think a smidgen of sympathy would be possible. Just a little bit, but it never occurred to anyone to put themselves in her place. Except Superman, I liked him better for that.
And outside the DC universe, what about in real life? Does it ever occur to anyone that these are real people we’re talking about? Who have real feelings, who go through the same things we do, and maybe they made the wrong choice, or maybe they didn’t, but could we just put ourselves in their shoes for one second?
I don’t mean to rant.
Look, I have my beliefs about Mercy, and I know many people do not, but two things Jesus said about it sum up the reason it is important to me. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy,” and “Judge not lest you be judged.”
I want to be shown mercy for my many faults, and I do not want to be judged, so I need to be merciful and not judge other people. Christians are famously accused of being judgmental, but from what I’ve seen, non Christians are every bit as judgmental, if not more.
Who is leaving those hate comments or hate mail; who is blasting those political people; or the opposing side? Yes, Christians do that, but it would be delusional to say all or even most of the culprits are Christian.
And it is not my intent to point fingers, I just mean we all do this. Few people are born merciful. But we all need it, and we all need to learn it.
There is one more thing I want to talk about concerning this, so watch out for part three,
Until next time–Natasha