Friday, March 29, 2013

Monsters Inside?

Since we arrived early for a school play, we waited in the parking lot and listened to music on the radio for a few minutes. We talked and waited some more when suddenly our youngest child hopped over to the empty back seat and announced, “I’m taking a time-out. Being human is hard.” Huh? My husband and I exchanged looks. What’s that mean? Actually, there is a lot of truth in it and our culture recognizes it, too. Consider Hollywood’s fascination with monsters in movies. Classic characters like werewolves, vampires, mummies, and zombies are all examples of humans gone haywire. Hollywood often depicts monsters as warped human beings with uncontrollable urges to act out in horrible ways. Here’s a monster who channeled that impulse in a different direction:


The video shows good ole David Banner (played by Bill Bixby) caught up in another dilemma. He was a nice guy, except when he got angry, and you’d get one warning before his alter ego showed up. He’d say, “You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.” He was right because green coloring coupled with a bad attitude is never a good combination for a muscled monster. In spite of his frequent temper tantrums, even the Incredible Hulk had a compassionate side. Some scientists believe humans are inherently good, while others believe we’re innately bad. What do you say and why?


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