History Repeats, Even in Comic Books…

Steel ~ John Henry Irons was a brilliant weapons engineer for AmerTek Industries, who eventually became disgusted when the BG-60, a powerful man-portable energy cannon he had designed, fell into the wrong hands and was used to kill innocent people. As the company would have coerced him to retain his services, John faked his death, and eventually came to Metropolis. While working a construction job high up on a skyscraper, he fell off while saving a friend from the same fate. His own life was saved by none other than Superman. When John Irons asked how he could show his gratitude, Superman told him to “live a life worth saving.” … Irons created and donned a suit of powered armorin order to stop the war, as well as the weapons… Becoming Steel. (from Wikipedia – click on any Superhero picture to go to their Wikipedia Page)

                                                                            

As we waited in a long line to ride the Six Flags Superman coaster there were signs detailing the comic hero’s friends and enemies. Of there was the typical Lex Luther and Superwoman, but there was also Steel. I had never heard of this character before so I read all of his details and they sounded familiar…

   Just a couple of weeks ago I went to watch the new blockbuster Ironman, who was also a brilliant weapons designer, Tony Stark, whose weapons were used by his enemies. Of course Stark was created in the 60s while Steel came out of the 90’s. Still, Stark was injured by his own weapons and forced to build a suit to escape the enemy. Which is happened to Commander Steel in late 30’s, who then was rebuilt in a body of steel…

  Considering how many superheroes exist it is not surprising their powers and abilities are stolen and reused over time. So even in imaginary worlds stories are repeated and relived. “History will repeat itself.” or as the Bible put it, “There is nothing new under the sun” (Ecc 1:9). 

  Over time we may believe everything is changed, but in reality all is the same. Sure possessions are new, but our experiences and relationships are filled with identical feelings. You may think your parents do not understand, but in reality the important parts of life were the same in the 60’s as in the 30’s…

                                                                            

Moving beyond Moisture, for a random thought: I read a great article in the Opinion section of the Augusta Chronicle by Betsy Hart. You can read for yourself by clicking here, and here is a quote…

“Nancy Gibbs looked at this trend in a recent Time magazine essay. She notes that a survey by the American Camping Association found that three of four camps require that kids leave their electronic devices behind. (Though that means 25 percent don’t!) In any event, Gibbs says resistance to the “no gizmos” policy often comes from parents, with reports of some moms and dads packing their kids off to camp with two cell phones, one to dutifully turn over to camp counselors as required, the other to secretly continue “texting” Mom and Dad.”

First, how many of us had cell phones 10 years ago?… How has a luxury so quickly become a necessisty? Not a requirement just for adults, but FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS! (This line sticks out because it is a problem at nearly every youth function, especially at camp!)

On to the bigger issue. As many of you, I was not overly protected and provided for by my parents. Part of this was financial reality that did not allow my parents to buy me a car or pay for all of my college. Yet, many of my friends stepped out of college with no idea how to take responsibility for their lives. Their every whim – or at least most of them – had been provided. They could not budget, they were unable to patiently wait while they saved; and moreover, they lacked the ability to distinguish between necessity and want! [This is not to say these people are terrible folks, often the exact opposite is true. But they had lessons as adults I had in high school. And many still struggle with debt and responsilibilty.]

What does this have to do with cell phones and parents missing their kids at camp? I think we are creating a coddled generation (of which I am the beginning!) and I am not pointing fingers at just you. How often Megan and I cater to our little girl! Yet, this is a dangerous path. As kids rate over the parents, selfishness will reign in their lives…

 I am not sure where the problem begins. Possibly when we think our kids are our friends (which they are not, at least not until they are grown), or maybe we think their love can be bought (which we all know is loony, but is so easy to fall into). Yet, we must begin to strive to remember our goal is not their love or friendship, but to enable them to become Christ following adults!

3 thoughts on “History Repeats, Even in Comic Books…

  1. If only more often we were stuck and bored in a place with comic book information; we could learn so much.

    It is crazy how quickly comforts become necisties and how our tools become our masters. I was enjoying a cool breeze here in Mexico the other afternoon and realized that the actual temperature was proably still in the upper 90’s, yet it felt good. It made me wonder how many enjoyable afternoons outside have been stolen by the ‘necisitiy’ of air-conditioning.

    But on your last point about our poor resource managment, it plauges Croc too. Many people can’t save here. They will feast when they have money and then almost literally famine when it runs out. Saving is incredibly difficult for them. It leaves me in a wierd boat with my friend Johnathan who is a local that works for us as a translator. He gets paid each week and yet often comes to me a couple of days after getting paid, begging for some neccisity because he has spent all his money.

    All that to say, ridding ourselves of affluence won’t make us into good resource managers. As so many disciplines in life, I believe most of need a good teacher.

  2. Jacob: Very good point – especially with your example! We are in need of parents who teach and enable. A life of poverty or a parent who only provides necessities will not necessarily produce an adult who can handle money. And I may have created this idea by specifically mentioning car and college. Of course a parent gave these things can still enable their child to follow Jesus with their wallet…

  3. In your discussion of creating a coddled generation, I think that you
    are correct but there is something else going on here. I think that we
    have already created a generation ( people 30 – 60 years old ) who
    don’t believe that the rules apply to them. Whether you are talking
    about CEO’s living a lavish lifestyle by cheating ( think Enron ),
    politicians philandering ( Sptizer or Clinton – take your pick ), or
    whatever else you care to name ( don’t get me started on tithing ) , I
    could name plenty of examples. The bottom line is that many people
    have gotten to a point that they do not believe in their heart that
    they are answerable to anyone or anything.

    I don’t know what the answer to this problem is. The only partial
    answer that we have is to ensure that our children have
    as much honesty and integrity as is possible. I know that other
    parents would think we are “mean” but we don’t care. We’re trying to
    make sure that our children turn out right. I want for them to
    always do the right thing even if it is not popular or easy.

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