The Philosophy of Comics: The Emotional Spectrum 5
The Blue Lantern Corps – Hope.
Today on The Philosophy of Comics we will be discussing the Blue Lantern Corps. Led by Saint Walker and formed by Ganthet and Sayd – the Blue Lantern’s original Guardians and the ones who built their central power battery. Ganthet and Sayd broke off from the Guardians of the Universe because of their refusal to abandon emotion and embrace logic and reason alone. Unlike the other Guardians, Ganthet and Sayd believed that hope specifically was essential to victory in the War of Light. They understood the power of hope to strengthen and encourage. Ganthet and Sayd knew that hope alone could heal the scars of the universe in both a literal and a metaphorical sense.
Blue Lanterns offer inner-peace and spiritual healing to their corpsmen. But this is not the extent of their powers. A Blue Lantern can revitalize a dying star, giving youth and vibrancy to it and rejuvenating its life sustaining powers. A blue Lantern is also the only one in the entirety of the universe who can cure a Red Lantern. A Blue Lantern can calm their rage and heal their napalm-blood filled bodies and allow them to remove their rings without dying.
Beyond psychological and spiritual healing and insight into what it takes to have inner peace – hope – the Blue Lanterns power is increased exponentially when they are around Green Lanterns. Here at The Philosophy of Comics we find this interesting. Hope has the power to heal all on its own but it can’t be a weapon until it’s combined with willpower, i.e. action. When it does combine with the will to act it is exceedingly more powerful than either attribute could be on its own. The key is that they work together. The hope the all will be well is almost pointless without action, which is the proof of that hope. Hope without action based on that hope will eventually die out. Even Saint Walker eventually lost hope.
While either blue or green could burn hot and bright on its own, they can do so only temporarily. Rings need to be charged just like our spirits and our minds. Hope or will are like a pieces of charcoal in a barbeque. They can burn hot for a short time on their own, away from the other pieces of charcoal. But it will quickly go out. Charcoal stays brighter and hotter for longer when it’s with other coals. So to is the case for will and hope. The will to act, based on a hope held deep in your heart, is the key to the fulfillment of that hope and contentment on the journey.
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