Sunday, July 22, 2012

Tip#563: The Heroes That Stay With Us – Jessica Ghawl (Redfield) - The Dark Knight Rises

As of this writing it is just two days after the tragic shootings in a Colorado movie theatre for the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. It is also five days after the worst mass shooting in Toronto at a suburban block party barbecue. And it is just over a month ago in early June when a shooting occurred here in the Eaton Centre food court.

This is an emotional post for me because I love going to see movies in the theatre and I was in shock to learn of the tragic deaths of other movie fans losing their lives or injured in a movie theatre. I heard a snippet of this news just before seeing an opening day screening of The Dark Knight Rises and so it effected how I watched the film.

And then there's the story of Jessica Ghawl, a fellow blogger and one of the people who lost their lives in Colorado. Her story is profoundly sad because her last blog post was about when she was visiting Toronto at the Eaton Centre the day of the shooting. She suddenly felt an odd, almost sickening feeling so she left the mall's food court at exactly 6:20pm. The gunshots fired at 6:23pm. She had escaped that tragedy only to later die in another shooting. I am still doing my best to make sense of what happened to her.

Read the blog post by Jessica Ghawl (Redfield): Click here

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

The superhero movie The Dark Knight Rises is the final part of the Trilogy written and directed by Christopher Nolan. It’s been eight years since the events of the previous film and Batman (Christian Bale) had disappeared. He returns when Gotham City is threatened by a mad man named Bane (Tom Hardy) who begins a violent revolution through immense scale terrorism. Batman is aided by two new allies, Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and Officer John Blake (Joseph Gordon Levitt).

I currently have mixed feelings about the film. There is an excessive amount of violence and killings in the story that may be amplified due to my thoughts on the recent real-life tragedies. On the other hand the cinematic power of heroic images on the screen still inspired a sense of hope and the importance of heroic actions and attitudes. The ending was also very satisfying and despite a long journey of pain and destruction on screen, the legacy of a powerful movie hero and trilogy shines in my memories.

The Legacy of Jessica Ghawl

I believe the legacy of Jessica Ghawl is her story and what she says in her final blog post. It will shine forever in my memories. And to me she is a hero for what she wrote. I will leave you with her powerful, soulful insights she wrote about her experience after escaping the Eaton Centre tragedy…

"I was shown how fragile life was on Saturday. I saw the terror on bystanders' faces. I saw the victims of a senseless crime. I saw lives change. I was reminded that we don't know when or where our time on Earth will end. When or where we will breathe our last breath. For one man, it was in the middle of a busy food court on a Saturday evening.

I say all the time that every moment we have to live our life is a blessing. So often I have found myself taking it for granted. Every hug from a family member. Every laugh we share with friends. Even the times of solitude are all blessings. Every second of every day is a gift. After Saturday evening, I know I truly understand how blessed I am for each second I am given."
Jessica Ghawl (Redfield), June 5, 2012

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Motivational said...

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