What I Learned from Captain America: Civil War

If you’re a Marvel fan and haven’t seen the movie you don’t want to read this unless you like spoilers. Also, if you’re a Marvel fan and haven’t seen it, what are you waiting for. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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In the beginning of the movie, The Avengers were after some bad guys. One of the bad guys was about to cause an explosion in a crowded marketplace, which would have caused hundreds of deaths. In the process of stopping this, The Avengers inadvertently caused an explosion killing 11.

Because of this the U.N. decides to put them on a short leash. They want The Avengers to sign an agreement only to act at the discretion of a Task Force run by the U.N. Half of them think it’s a good idea while the other half see how the agreement will cause more unnecessary deaths because of the red tape of bureaucracy.

Captain America is the main opponent of this, of course. During all of this Peggy Carter dies. At the funeral her niece quotes Peggy as saying:

“compromise where you can, but where you can’t don’t. Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right. Even if the whole world is telling you to move. It is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, to look them in the eye and say, no, you move.”

There was a time when we as a country believed in doing the right thing for the right reason. I think this was true of most people regardless of their country of origin. That doesn’t seem to hold true anymore. People are so afraid of hurting someone, they don’t stand up for anything. 

einstein-horizontal3-1024x664I am speaking in generalities of course, there are still some who are willing to fight for what they believe. The fact that I felt it necessary to say that is a great example of how society trains us not to offend.

I’m not saying fight about everything and try to make everyone see things exactly like you do. But I am saying don’t be afraid to speak your mind when necessary and appropriate. Don’t be afraid to put up a fight when you or someone else is truly being hurt or oppressed. God knows a lot of people are being mistreated who can’t defend themselves.

Next time you don’t speak up ask yourself why. If it’s only because you don’t want offend anybody than it probably wasn’t the right reason. There will be times though when it isn’t appropriate to give your two cents.

Knowing the difference takes discernment. Unfortunately, discernment is developed over time. You will have moments when you choose wrong. That’s okay, just learn from the mistake.

A lot of good can come from honest and open discussion. We might just actually learn something. We may actually start valuing each other more as we learn about others.

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