Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Chilean Miners Coming Out Like Champs

The Chilean miners, trapped for over two months, are coming style.

The media keeps talking about how the miners will be dealing with "severe emotional trauma" for some time. They most likely will have trauma, and who would blame them? But from what I've seen, these are pretty hardy guys, and they're coming out like champs. (One guy they call "the rock star"; instead of crying, he was passing out rocks from the mine.)

That's awesome.

(Apparently the media assumed these guys were raised in some suburban day-care center with Barney...)

Kudos to the rescue workers, from the creative and technical minds who devised the escape, to the workers who helped sustain the miners, and to the Chilean miner's spirit. Considering that no one has every survived this long in such an incident, this has to be recognized as truly heroic.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

SMALLVILLE: Clark's Dark Side=Pride?

Smallville's final season premiere has Jor-El and a Lex Luthor clone telling Clark that he has a "darkseid" just like his enemies. His sin? Oh, no...Pride!

Clark: "You may not see me as a hero, but the rest of the world does, and I decide my fate!"

Luthor clone: "The only reason anyone ever calls you a hero is because you clean up the disasters you unleash…" Clark the one blowing up buildings, or unleashing Doomsday plots? Oh, what's that? He's dark because he was proud of saving people, and leaping a tall building in a single bound? Because he took pride in his accomplishment? Please, let it not be that. Sorry, Luthor, sorry Jor-El. Clark may buy into that, but I don't. Compare and contrast:
The virtue of Pride can best be described by the term: “moral ambitiousness.” It means that one must earn the right to hold oneself as one’s own highest value by achieving one’s own moral perfection—which one achieves by never accepting any code of irrational virtues impossible to practice and by never failing to practice the virtues one knows to be rational—by never accepting an unearned guilt and never earning any, or, if one has earned it, never leaving it uncorrected—by never resigning oneself passively to any flaws in one’s character—by never placing any concern, wish, fear or mood of the moment above the reality of one’s own self-esteem. And, above all, it means one’s rejection of the role of a sacrificial animal, the rejection of any doctrine that preaches self-immolation as a moral virtue or duty.
- Ayn Rand, "The Objectivist Ethics"

You see, heroism doesn't have to be a dichotomy between selfishness and protecting the ones you love. Enough of the damn "Jesus Christ Pose" already, enough of this "original sin."

With that, what more can I say about this show that hasn't been said? I don't want to not like it, but despite all the entertainment value, and the "sense of heroism," I stand by my original assessment: the sooner this show is off the air, the better.