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Truths & Coffee #1: Lessons From Batman Begins


I've just come home from a hearty workout. I ate some turkey pepperoni bites, and am now drinking coffee, basking in some truths learned from Batman Begins.

Here are some great lessons from the movie.

1) What chance does Gotham the world have when the good people do nothing?

I'm not talking about becoming a vigilante here. What I am talking about, though, is that we all do our part in the world so that it can keep on moving forward. After all, as Rachel teaches us, "it's not who you are underneath, it's what you do that defines you." You can have the most traumatic past, and you can be the kindest person at your core. But if you don't do anything about it, then it doesn't matter. Actions speak louder than words. You're either the solution to a problem or the one adding to the problem. If you don't know of a solution, find someone who does. Either way, you always have a choice to do something. Little by little, a small amount becomes big.

2) In order to achieve what you want at your core, you must be willing to sacrifice everything in order to get it. Failure is fueled by distraction and the lingering emotions that keep you in the past.

I don't think this needs any additional explanation, but it's poetic in its simplicity. You must never look back at your past long enough for it to be considered staring. Keep moving forward and always have your objective in sight. Nothing else matters, nothing else exists. All you have exists in this very moment alone.

3) Fear, like pain, is inevitable. Everyone feels both at different points in their lives. If you master your own fears and use that pain as your fuel and friend, you can gain great strength and insight into who you are so that you may conquer your demons and put an end to the things or people that bring you harm. Your weakness has the potential to be your greatest strength. Always. After all, the only way out is through.

Simply put, pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. The clutches of attachment to things, memories, and people are what cause your suffering. You control everything you let go of.

4) "I never said thank you." "And you'll never have to."

This, right here, is one of the best lessons we can learn from Batman. If you are physically and mentally able to do something good for someone else, then you have the moral obligation to do those things, and you should never expect a thank you. You're not doing a good deed to gain recognition. Being a human being doesn't require gratitude. Just do it. That's it. We are all one, despite society's toxic views that divide us.

5) Justice is about harmony. Revenge is about making yourself feel better.

Do I really need to explain this? I think not.

6) Why do we fall, sir? So we can learn to pick ourselves back up.

Every experience is a lesson of sorts. There's always a silver lining. Something to gain in every loss, and something you lose when another is gained.

That's it, for now.
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