Last night I got to watch the movie CREED! I've been long looking forward to it since I am a devoted Rocky Fan!
I've been trying to put my finger on what I walked away with that has me a bit disappointed and unsettled and I think this is it.
I need to preface with the point that this site is about Who you are as the PURPOSE of your life, not what you do.
Which leads me to this bottom line:
Who Rocky was defined his fighting.
Creed, Jr.'s fighting defined who he was.
Okay, yes, I realize that these are fictional characters and not 'real' - but they do reflect a distinct shift in entertainment I've been noticing for a while now.
And that is, I don't LIKE any of the characters as people. Good or bad, they both seem to reflect lack of character or any reason to care about them.
Action or shock or super powers isn't enough to gain my support. Because action, shock, and being strong physically is something you DO, it isn't who you are.
The trait most of us loved about Rocky is that we loved Rocky the man because of who he was.
He fought for good reasons. To survive, because he loved his family and especially Adrian, for his country, and in the end for his life.
Creed just fought for the sake of fighting. He wasn't poor and didn't need the money. He didn't seem to care much about anyone other than what they did for him - Rocky to train him, his girl friend to motivate him, and his father's wife to house him.
And yes, they tried to forge a connection between Rocky and Creed, Jr - but it felt more contrived and self serving than genuine. That has a familiar ring to it...
And all of this seems to reflect the current state of America. We don't really care about anyone other than what they can DO for us. We don't really care if anyone likes us.
And most importantly all the fighting we seem to do in the last few decades has very little to do with values other than greed, power, and a wildly self involved generation of soft and fragile individuals and there safe spaces.
I'm not sure when or how that exactly happened, but I am sure it did.
Which is why I feel so strongly about sharing these ideas.
Everyone wants their life to have a purpose and in the end have had meaning.
Most of us don't really know just 'how' to do that anymore in a world that doesn't really support that idea - at least not in our entertainment.
Just something to think about when you go to the movies, turn on your TV, stream your videos, pull out your phone - or dare I say it, open a book!
You can watch one of my 'homage' to Rocky Vlogs below!