Be A Superhero

by Sherol Chen

Why are there so many superhero movies today?

C.S. Lewis said that, “creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists.” What gives us the appetite for Avengers, X-Men, and Justice League? Facilitated by the advancements in Computer Graphics (if you’ve had glimpses of E3) and Special Effects (which would make a great Passion Talk), these stories have always given us hope. With this year’s Passion Talks, we welcome talk abstracts in the spirit of hope.

Passion Talks provide a platform for 10-15 minute talks on academic and professional advancements and insights on Science, Technology, Education, Arts, Business, Medicine, Justice, and modern expressions and examples of Faith. The main audience comes from the intellectual and faith communities, primarily Christian, although opened to all who are interested in the intersection of intellectual and faith pursuits. Speakers are selected based off of novelty and clarity of talk title and abstract, credibility in their professional bio, authenticity in their statement of faith, and feedback on previous talks given.

Superheroes are often misfits, which is relatable for those in the Passion Talks community. These are people who were made beautifully complicated — forerunning the outer complexities of God’s creation in scholarship, entrepreneurship, and beyond. In institutionalized faith communities, it’s easy to discredit and diminish minorities and misfits, causing them to (1) be silent and closed off, (2) live separate lives for their passions and their faith, (3) be fully themselves apart from the church.

Although these superheroes have a knack for making people uncomfortable, an outright rejection of eccentrics, creatives, and intellectuals is a symptom of rigid inability to dynamically adapt to new wineskins. That’s why I get really excited to see the shift of new doors opening with every Passion Talk. The church is in the midst of getting an influx of creativity and innovation that may offend traditionalists, but is going to move our hearts and minds towards the greatest Love. And what excites me most is that we will be able to measure it– the data will point to His goodness. The data will show that Love has won!

Why are there so many superhero movies today?

… because revival is here :)!

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“Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire: well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or to be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that country and to help others to do the same.”

― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


Want to be infused with some hope a little bit earlier? Come join us at the next Passion Dialogues event on June 23rd in Mountain View.


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