The Philosophy of Comics: The Emotional Spectrum 4
The Green Lanterns
Oath: In brightest day. In blackest night. No evil shall escape my sight. Let those? who worship evil’s might, beware my power, Green Lantern’s light!
Have you ever really thought about this oath? It says that, no matter what the situation is, evil will not be tolerated. A Green Lantern, by strength of character, cannot stand idly by as evil occurs. They have made it their duty to act. they have made it their responsibility to refuse to let evil have a foothold in our society.
Let’s turn this inward – this is the Philosophy of Comics after all. How often do we play the voyeur instead of the hero? How many times have we allowed evil to take place when we could have done something? How often have we seen darkness at work and not shined the light of love and good on it? Evil thrives on the inaction of good men and women. Because we, the good people of the world, do nothing to stop it out of fear of reprisals or how others might see us.
All it takes to make a difference is the will to act instead of watch. To love, to protect, to make a difference. Sure it’s hard to take on such a responsibility. But the world is the way it is because everyone else is saying either, “someone else will do it”, or “one person can’t make a difference.” Well, no one else is doing it and countless individual men have had an effect on the world. Therefore nobody tries. Nobody acts. And all the while the hearts of people grow cold and calloused as we focus more and more on ourselves. Here at The Philosophy of Comics we believe one simpletruth. We have to be the change we want to see in the world. All of us, one at a time, doing our part of the puzzle.
Green Lanterns are able to do just about anything with their power rings using the power of their wills. These abilities include but are not limited to healing the sick and dying. Using the power rings hurts every time they use it. This is just like how we can often be hurt by putting ourselves out there. By choosing to act. Do you have what it takes to be a Green Lantern – the ability to overcome great fear and the willpower to do what’s right instead of what’s easy?
One thing that I find interesting about the emerald light of willpower is that it’s strengthened exponentially by the blue light of hope. Hope makes the rings of willpower several 100% more powerful. How does this apply? When we combine our wills to do what’s right with the hope of a better tomorrow, our strength is multiplied beyond its normal capacity. Make it a daily challenge to yourself to spread the light of love and goodness. Most importantly, don’t lose your hope – it’s what will see you through.
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