There are two wolves

there are two wolves

 

There are two wolves who are always fighting. One is darkness and despair. The other is light and hope.

The question is: Which one wins?

 

The one you feed.

 

Saturday I happened to see two movies that in many ways told the same story: A determined and resourceful young woman saves the future.

One movie poured on the darkness and the despair of a bleak future. The other – the one that contained our opening quote – poured on the light and hope of creating an alternative to that bleak future.

Which one wins?

The one that left me inspired. The one that made me want to live in that future that she saved.

The young woman is triumphant, after much trial and tribulation, in both The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 and Tomorrowland. Both films succeed tremendously, and both films have their flaws.

In one film, the fight for the future takes a terrible toll. Our plucky heroine, who never gave up until the war was won (granted, she had to keep fighting through four films), lives happily ever after in a well-deserved retirement.

In the other film, our plucky heroine, who never gave up until the battle was won, lives happily ever after looking for others who can join her in making the future a better place.

Which one wins?

Tomorrowland – like its brother The Martian, another 2015 film that imagines we can overcome the scariest challenges that face us – is hands down my favorite of the two, the film I will add to the list of movies I want to watch over and over again to celebrate its triumphant message.

The Hunger Games films are important and should be seen and shared, as an allegory about The Powers That Be who pit young people against young people, citizen against citizen, for no other reason but to preserve their power – and how determined people, working together, can overcome the horrors those powers create.

“We have no fight except the one The Capitol gave us,” our heroine says in convincing a combatant not to kill her.

In Tomorrowland the same message is there, and the heroine’s determination is there, but the emphasis is on the optimism that keeps her from ever giving up. In a key early scene, the young woman goes to school and is seen holding her hand in the air as teachers bombard her with the facts about how the world is heading to hell in a handbasket.

Finally, after the English teacher explains how Huxley’s Brave New World, Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and Orwell’s 1984, visions of a bleak and unpleasant future, are all coming true, he calls on the girl.

She asks, “So how can we fix it?”

There are two movies about saving the future. One emphasizes the darkness and despair that lead to the triumph. The other keeps its spirit focused on the light and hope of a better tomorrow. One leaves you exhausted and thinking, “Was all of that worth it?” The other leaves you inspired and thinking, “That was worth it!”

Which one wins?

 

 

 

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WarrenBluhm

Wordsmith, journalist and podcaster, Warren is a reporter, editor and storyteller who lives near the shores of Green Bay with his wife, two golden retrievers, and a couple of cats.

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