The following video features Fr. Robert Barron and his Commentary on Batman “The Dark Night.” Here he ponders the problem of violence and critiques the world’s notion of how to fight violence.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., once remarked that if everything is going to be an eye for an eye, then we will have a world full of blind people. He also said, “Dark cannot drive out darkness only light can do that. Similarly, hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
Fr. Barron Makes a similar point from the Christian Tradition here:
3 Replies to “How Do You Solve the Problem of Violence? A Commentary on Superheros”
That’s good, another difference is that Jesus is not just an idea or a character but a real person and batman is not.
I agree that both points are good, Father Barron’s point reminded me of the quote often heard in the media, “Black on Black” crime. (This maybe slightly off, but I think the concept maybe similar) I believe big percentage of “Black on Black” crime, stems from the act of retiliation to a person who has done something to them, their family or friends, and the only way they know how to deal with pain inflicted upon them is through violence, their non heroic act was predicated through violent experiences.
I know a police officer, whose mother walked upon a crime, she was threatened and severely injured. According to the media, her son who became a Police Officer was investigated and discharged from the police force on allegations of excessive force on arrest of crimes very similar to the one his mom witnessed. Although batman and robin aren’t real but in reality today there are some Batman and Robins who took on careers that were predicated through a violent experience in their life and others who just want to make the world a better place.
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