Last night our little Grim band watched To Kill A Mockingbird and in my case cried all over again. The lessons that this story shares are timeless testaments to the human spirit which is why in my opinion it endures. All of the characters are profound in what they represent.
The most memorable hero is of course Atticus Finch. He embodies strength, not as a kick ass larger than life god; but as an intellectual man who tries to teach understanding, compassion and empathy for others through his actions. Atticus actively chooses non-violence even though he is more than capable to inflict harm on others; characters that it can even be argued, deserve punishment. He instead spends his energy fighting for those that our society has condemned. The glamorization of violence now is unfortunate, it leads to hostility instead of peace. We must look to strength that is more than just muscle. Make peace cool. Make fighting for the right things cool, even when no one is encouraging you to stand up and disagree with the norm.
Be unorthodox, put yourself in other peoples shoes, care about your fellow human, do not wish harm or inflict violence on others.
Can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone lived by these sentiments?
Channel your Atticus Finch, be strong in your beliefs and fight to help others. Winning or losing is irrelevant.
(Netflix is playing To Kill A Mockingbird now if you are looking to be inspired)