Romanticizing the Mask

Laurel – Is everything ok?

Felicity – I came to ask you the same thing…Cannery

Laurel – I guess you came here to talk some sense into me.

Felicity – Seems like you could use some

Laurel – I’m not sure you’re going to have to bother…Brick he…he killed someone tonight, in front of me.  I thought that being Sarah would make it hurt less.  But instead it caused more pain, and not just for me.  So you don’t have to worry.  I’m not going to be putting on that mask again.

I like this scene because I think it speaks a lot to the naivety of those who have not experienced “fill in the blank.”  For Laurel she thought becoming a Vigilante, becoming Sarah, would fix things…but she doesn’t know what that really entails.  The Brokenness that comes with it.  Laurel is still Surviving, still being trained.  Just as Sarah, Diggle, Roy, and Oliver had to learn during their Survival phases, fighting for a cause is not without losses. 

I think we often admire those who are in these positions because of the strength we see in their perseverance.  What they have been through seems heroic, and it is in a way because it is part of the process of becoming a Hero.  But do we REALLY want to fight a dragon, have to shoot a gun, or experience a trauma…probably not.  There is strength to be gain, and a Hero being made, in any brokenness but let us not romanticize the experiences others go through and instead treat them with the sincerity these events deserve.

(For more on this subject check out Romanticizing Adversity)

This Is Real

Oliver – You were right to ask if I knew more than I was letting on.  I’ve seen men with abilities like that before.

Felicity – You have!? Where?

Oliver – The island.  My second year marooned there we…I came across the remains of a Japanese World War II military project.  It was a serum designed to create human weapons.

Diggle – Human weapons!  My God what’s next, aliens?

Oliver – This is real, Diggle.  Those five years I was away I came across things that just defy explanation.  

It’s interesting, as a metaphor, to note that the things Oliver tells Felicity and Diggle in this scene seem “ridiculous.”  I think a lot of things we run into in life seem ridiculous and far fetched.  That’s why other people’s life stories are so interesting…they are all different, fascinating, and full of experiences that we have not had.  This can be a good thing because it encourages us to stop and listen to someone else’s story…but at the same time we have to be careful that we do not romanticize what they have been through.  Looking at Oliver it is easy to think, “Wow!  His experiences are amazing!” but would we actually want to experience them?  As they say in Harry Potter…”Stuff like that always sounds cooler than it really was.”

(Check out this essay for more on the subject of Romanticizing Adversity)