I finished watching the 1st series of 24 again last night. I was thinking about what it was that made me like Kiefer Sutherland's character Jack Bauer and the character David Palmer. 24 portrays Bauer and Palmer standing up for truth and justice. They do the right thing even when they are pressured not to. They bring about justice even when they have to sometimes go outside conventional norms. They inspire admiration in me because they represent a rare breed.
There are people like them in the real world. My optimism wants to believe there are lots of people willing to fight for truth and justice. Although I'm often told by others that is not so. I run into many cynics who say that all politicians and many others are corrupt and money and power hungry. The more I live life the more I see their point. However, no one can ever convince me that there aren't still numerous heroes out there. People who are willing to fight for truth and justice in politics and in many other arenas. They aren't perfect. Many of my heroes are very flawed but that is life in the real world. In the Bible there are many heroes and the only one without flaws was Jesus. So it is in our world today.
One of my favorite movies of all time is Braveheart where Mel Gibson plays a character that is the ultimate in inspirational. He plays William Wallace who leads an army into trying to obtain freedom for Scotland. As the common, everyday people are rallying behind Wallace Robert the Bruce is torn on whether to support him. His father who is a hideous looking man believes in compromise. He tells Robert the Bruce that "uncompromising men are easy to admire". I think Mel Gibson purposely made the compromising father hideous looking because of what he stood for. The politically correct people of today would tell you that compromise is the ultimate virtue. Don't take a stand for truth and justice because you might offend someone. You can't always get what you want. The ideal is unattainable. Compromise may be important and good in your marriage and in personal relationships. But when it comes to sticking to your beliefs and your virtues and taking a stand on what is right compromise is not admirable. At least not to me.
I may be in the minority but I guess thats what makes me, me. I've always had a passion for taking a stand for what is right. So thats why fictional and real life people who fight for truth and justice will always be inspirational for me. I love reading books and watching movies with these heroes in them because they give me a snapshot into what I can aspire to be. They give me examples to give to my children to inspire them to be better. To communicate to them it is important to stand up for what is right. Truth and justice are worth fighting for and it is part of the reason God has us here on earth.