I decided to take a couple of my children and see Love and Monsters this week. Boy, I’m glad I did. The film was a treat. Great story. Great message. And good acting. The premise is original. Or, at least, original enough when you consider that there are only seven stories to be told with a vastly wide range of details to separate them. For Love and Monsters, the details involved a boy and a girl, a quest to reunite said boy and girl, and a landscape filled with mutated monsters.
What does any of that have to do with the election? As I drove home, after the movie, it struck me that the movie unintentionally represented the situation we find ourselves in the real world. The votes have been cast, but the election is a long way from being over. Riots are taking place in many of our cities. In some cases, the riots have continued for over 140 days. Then throw in the shutdown due to the pandemic and we have a situation that is different from the movie only in form, but not in threat.
The mammoth monsters in the movie have real-world counterparts in corrupt politicians, scheming news outlets, and social media giants. While the monsters in our lives are not likely to employ physical violence against us (unless we are caught in the path of a peaceful-protest) they are all too eager to consume our souls. To mutate us into social monsters. Listen carefully and you will hear talk of taking the war against law and order to the streets. Plans to step up the game to include targeted violence against anyone who dares for rights given to the American public through the Constitution.
The monsters we face are just as scary as the ones depicted in the movie. Maybe more so. Afterall, we expect the monsters in the movie to attack us. It’s in the nature of giant, mutated insects and reptile to hunt us. But in real life we expect more from the brotherhood of man. Don’t we?
In the movie, our hero learns that family is who loves us. And sometimes we just have to bond with those around us. Make no mistake, we are surrounded by monsters. It is important to stick together for protection. In the days ahead, violence will continue to escalate. We cannot face the monsters alone. Turn to your neighbors. Turn to your friends. Turn to the members of you church congregations.
Together, you and your family of choice can overcome the challenges the future holds. Together, you can defeat the monsters. And together, we can work toward a good and fulfilling life in a dark age. Eventually, the apocalypse will pass away and the good and noble members of humanity will remain to build a world more beautiful than any we have ever seen.
P.S. If the current political environment has you down, go watch Love and Monsters to see what I’m talking about.