June 3, 2017, Prescott-
I went to see the film, “Wonder Woman”, tonight. Of course, it is a fantasy, and quite over the top, but it does raise issues of the reality behind female empowerment and of the dual nature of human beings.
The title character, being a super hero, born to a demigod, of a mortal human, has dual natures. She uses her strength for the good of the innocent and tempers it with the fully loving power of the human female.
There is an exchange, towards the climax of the film, between Wonder Woman and the film’s archvillain, in which she points out that humans are not, as he claims, inherently wicked, but rather are dual in nature. She makes it her mission to stand up for the goodness of human nature, while standing up TO the baser, destructive tendencies of mankind.
Here, art suggests life. I have, most of my own life, favoured a loving response, even to injustice, over one of violence. Toughness is sometimes necessary, in a tough world, but I was raised to choose such battles carefully. Yet, for being judicious and tender-hearted, in the Maine of the mid-1970’s, I was labeled, by people who were themselves quite weak, as effeminate and insipid. The Southwest has been more accommodating of a gentle nature, than the Northeast was, when I lived there, but I sense things are changing all over.
Each of us has a duality to face. So it goes, every day that passes with my having chosen love over fear and loathing, that a daily accounting brings a sense of having lived another one, in a successful manner.