The Incredible Hulk
12/14/2011 9:06:05 PM
The Incredible Hulk is a comic book character named Bruce Banner (in his human form) that is exposed to radiation (or something like that) and, as a result, becomes incredibly strong when he gets angry.

I think some people might classify the Hulk as a superhero and his ability -- or his physiological response to stress, whatever you want to call it -- would likely be considered an enviable super power to most people.

I am not particularly interested in super people who get out of all of their struggles magically. I can't really relate to that. The 2003 Movie "Hulk," starring Eric Bana, gives a more compelling interpretation.

In Hulk, Bruce Banner loathes his condition. He tries desperately to repress it, to maintain control, and to avoid transforming into the Hulk because once he transforms, he cannot control his own actions. There is one moment when Bruce dreams that the Hulk holds him captive and squeezes him, calling him a weak and tiny human. This is the thematic scene.

We are all like Banner. We all have Banner's "ability" to check out, and to give in to something stronger than us in order to escape our problems. We run from our stress, our fears, and our anxieties by giving in to powerful instincts and passions -- by allowing ourselves to behave in some way that makes us feel like we have control. This submission to our passions simulates the feeling of control. Wrath, lust, gluttony -- take your pick. These are the powerful passions that we give in to when we are scared. They promise us that we will be powerful and in control. They offer escape from a world that is outside of our control. They are our desperate grasps at floating straws while we feel we are drowning.

Hulk shows the irony that anger is sometimes viewed as strength. If your anger shows, it often signals weakness.

We slip into our vices because we are uncomfortable and because they are familiar and comfortable. But when we allow them to take the wheel, we often do things that we are later ashamed of. Our Hulk holds us captive and we become, in his grasp, only weak and tiny humans.

True power and true strength, Banner discovers, is not in becoming the Hulk, but in controlling the Hulk. Human passions are strong. But controlling those passions is the true measure of strength.

The next time I feel that need for control; I am going to try to get the real thing, not the knock off.


Good thought    
posted at 22:06:22 on December 14, 2011 by beclean
"Where you been, Man?"
posted at 22:15:10 on December 14, 2011 by Anonymous

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"Now brethren, the time has come for any one of us who is so involved to pull himself out of the mire, to stand above this evil thing, to “look to God and live” (Alma 37:47). We do not have to view salacious magazines. We do not have to read books laden with smut. We do not have to watch television that is beneath wholesome standards. We do not have to rent movies that depict that which is filthy. We do not have to sit at the computer and play with ographic material found on the Internet."

— Gordon B. Hinckley

General Conference, October 2004