The Influence of Super Heroes and Mythical Stories on Cultural Progress

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People need myth. Especially, the super heroes of mythical stories allow the socially suppressed to have something to hold onto that is strong and good -It provides a sense of hope for a better life. Hero movies often touch on, if not lead, the meaning of our present culture’s beliefs and driving forces. Forces that move a society forward. They reflect a rising desire or struggle in both the individual and as a collective.

The idea of the ‘smart’ super hero is on top for 2012. Leading the pack on this theme is a movie called “The Hunger Game”, which I believe exemplifies the state of our society. I was intrigued how exhilarating it was, just watching the preview. I don’t think I’m alone, as this surge within me is collective. Plans for this movie becoming a mega-block buster suggests it’s story is addressing a rising desire within us. Some are aware of it, but most of us are not.

There is a growing edge of discomfort occurring world-wide, and I believe that it is crucial to keep an eye on emerging mythical stories that are being told in film and other medium. For it provides us with a crystal ball that reveals an emerging future. Watch how movies are talked about at  home, at work, and on political stages. Look for changes in the myths that are told. How is the super hero’s story changing and why? And how does it reflect real world circumstances?. Listen to NPR’s news brief on the relationship between movies, super heroes, and myth.

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