Everyone knows that Batman and Superman are fictional characters that are derived from a fictional universe called DC. After reading online comments I'm starting to get the feeling that some people are forgetting this. See, even if you do incorporate realistic human emotions/behavior in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice that doesn't make the movie in its entirety "realistic". That's still a humanoid alien that has a giant 'S' on his chest and that's still a man that's dressed as a bat with accomplishments no real human could ever achieve. People continue by stating this "match up is unfair" and "Superman would win". To be honest I don't see how?
Both men can defeat each other and both have incredible feats. This story between a mortal with special abilities against a godlike being is nothing new. It is a story that's been told for thousands of years. It is a story that is also a life lesson, which we take for granted. It isn't about who's best, the biggest or who's the strongest... It's about conquering and overcoming an obstacle that's bigger than you. It's a challenge that will test you mentally, emotionally, and physically.
List of stories: Odysseus vs. Cyclops, Perseus vs. Cetus, Leonidas and his Spartans, The Fellowship of the Ring, forty-seven Ronin and the greatest of them all...
David vs. Goliath
Goliath vs. David is one of the most renowned stories in history. Goliath was the champion warrior of Philistine he was a mountain of a man! Standing a massive six cubits and a span (9'6"/289 cm). He wore a bronze helmet, a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels (125 pounds/57 kilograms), his legs were covered in bronze armor as well. He wielded a mighty bronze javelin, spear and his great shield.
Goliath shouted out:
“Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us. This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.”
King Saul and the Israelites were terrified of the behemoth. A boy by the name of David stepped forward to take on the champion of Philistine. David carried five smooth stones that he took from a stream in his pouch and held a sling in his hand.
The giant mocked his challenger:
"Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks? Come here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”
David stands there unscathed by Goliath's words.
“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
Goliath begins his assault! David has the upper hand in speed by deciding not to wear the heavy bronze armor. He reached in his pouch for a rock and slung it with such fury! The rock hit Goliath in the forehead killing him instantaneously... David went up to the lifeless corpse of the Philistine and beheaded the giant with his own blade.
To me this story has a lot to do with the challenges we face in life. No, I'm not saying we're going to fight a man the size of a oak tree. What I'm saying is that in life we're faced with difficult challenges and we have two ways we can face these challenges.
1. You take on the challenge and embrace it. You know it will be difficult, but that's life. Not everything is going to be easy for us. We will be put in difficult situations that seem impossible. This doesn't mean you can't succeed.
2. You see this difficult challenge and right away you give up without ever trying. You avoid this situation and assume you'll never have to face anything this difficult in your life again.
The best thing to do is go with option 1. There's a chance of failure, but out of failure you can gain something. It's like when I failed on a test at school and how upset I would get because I knew I could do better. After my mind was cleared I would reevaluate where I went wrong and try to improve on those factors so the same mistake doesn't happen twice. When David looked at Goliath he didn't think- "I can't beat this guy! He's bigger, stronger, faster and he has armor... Oh, great he has weapons too." David didn't doubt himself nor did he lose faith in his own abilities. Anything is possible unless you deem it impossible.
If we all had the same mindset that people have been saying online about Batman can't beat Superman because he's "only human". Then we wouldn't have the things we have now. When Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary were the first people to climb Mount Everest they didn't look at this task as impossible. The same goes for people like the Wright brothers, Katharine Burr Blodgett, Daniel Hale Williams, Doris Self, Mohr Keet, Bill Gates, Leonardo Da Vinci, Hannibal Barca and WAY MORE!
Even though these are comic book characters this will certainly make an exciting match up on March 25, 2016!
"Where there's a will, there's a way"
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