I recently watched “Live Free Or Die Hard.” Am I stupid?
Yup. Apparently the third Die Hard movie just left too many unanswered questions for me.
Just for the record, I loved the original Die Hard. Who can’t get behind the idea of rooting for the underdog? The character of John McClane represents the classic every-man archetype. A reluctant hero caught up in an impossible life or death situation, who through the grace of God (and plenty of bullets) defeats the forces of evil and restores light and justice to the world. We can all identify with this theme because we all want to believe that good always trumps evil in the end. We are inspired by that. The producers of Die Hard were inspired by all the money the film made, so they made a sequel.
Die Hard 2: Die Harder was as unimaginative as its title. What’s harder than dying anyway? I guess watching Britney Spears in Crossroads and then dying might cause one to die harder. Watching Mariah Carey in Glitter then dying would do the trick too. Watching Madonna in anything then dying….. Never mind, I’m getting off point.
Die Hard 2 made a pile of money too, so they made another sequel. Die Hard: With a Vengence. I wanted my money back: With a Vengence.
So naturally, as I watched the latest Die Hard sequel unfold, (because I am stupid) I couldn’t shake the feeling that I had seen all this before. That’s because I had. Recently I’ve been reading about specified complexity (because I’m not totally stupid) and the odds of the universe unfolding without the aid of intelligent design. Thinking about those odds gives me a light headache. I tried to calculate the odds of one cop singlehandedly going up against money grubbing terrorists four times in his life. My head exploded.
We watch sequels because we know what we are gonna get. There is comfort in the familiar. The problem is that comfortable also very often becomes predictable. Unimaginative. Stale.
When there is nothing left to imagine, inspiration will quickly be in short supply. Does your life feel like a sequel? Are you living the same storyline week after week, year after year? It may feel comfortable always knowing what to expect, but it feels exhilarating when you don’t. The practice of yoga is a journey of self discovery. When we look in, we begin to see that we are the screenwriter of our life. As the creator of our own storyline, we have the power to choose between writing another sequel or a whole new adventure. If you think it’s time to write a new story in your life, I trust it will be an exciting one.