For some reason at the moment, TV seems to be doing a lot of re-runs of movies which should probably have never been shown in the first place. About a week or so ago I found myself watching “The Last Starfighter”. Which was fine except for the plot, the special effects and the acting.
It did get me thinking though, about the idea of heroes. The whole idea of the movie is that a select few are destined to be, or good enough to be, starfighters and we have to rely on them to save us from an evil alien overlord. Being possessed with absolutely no physical prowess or hand eye coordination myself I can sympathise with the idea, but from a philosophical point of view it’s particularly abhorrent.
While the fact that each of us is better at somethings than others, from a social contract point of view we all have a responsibility for the upkeep of our society, for the protection and care of our planet. We should be able to save ourselves and we have an obligation to try regardless of our level of talent. I’m not saying that people should never be able to ask for help, obviously they should. There are some tasks, some things which are too big for people to overcome on their own. I think one of the reasons society formed was the ability of the group to achieve more than the individual. That doesn’t mean we should rely on heroes, that we should wait to be saved without taking any action to save ourselves. Yet still we perpetuate the myth that it is the role of someone great to come and save us (a starfighter, the Avengers, Superman etc.).
Perhaps I am reading things wrong and these stories are supposed to inspire us to act, to be the hero, rather than render us helpless. I don’t know.
Either way…in the event of an alien invasion I expect you all to be out there having a go.