Darth Vader: The Value of Redemptive Sacrifice

The Star Wars character of Darth Vader is a mythic “traveler,” as we each make choices we regret and must bear the consequences. The tragedy of noble cause corruption through the story of Luke Skywalker’s father is a cautionary tale and his redemption can be an inspiration for all of us to rise above our challenges.

Life After Law Enforcement

Much like the military, survival for cops depends on close relationships with fellow warriors in blue. In leaving those ranks, however, there is almost certainly a metaphorical “death in the family.” Although officers have a love-hate relationship with their jobs and it’s difficult to stay, it’s often more difficult to leave. Moving forward requires a healthy path.

Memorial Day: A Gift That Keeps On Giving

We all need general convictions that give meaning to our life and enable us to find a place for ourselves in the larger universe. The spirit that boils from our good choices and sacrifices cannot and must not be extinguished during our dark times, yet we are reminded every day that darkness is at our doorstep.

Why John Hughes Still Matters

Filmmaker John Hughes died unexpectedly in 2009 at the age of 59, yet his movies remain staples of teenage angst and adolescent transition still relevant today. Kids of the 80s (now in their 40s) identified with these characters, and the movies resonate as nostalgic outlets for them.

Let Me See Your Brave

Predatory social dynamics often keep us in our shell despite the gut checks and intuitive instincts that tell us to stand up, speak out, and do "something." From the velvet handcuffs of our job to a safe or comfortable relationship that isn't really so, social forces such as government, school, religion, and even family often propagate a false (and toxic) reality.

Quit Being Your Own Archenemy

The label of hero or villain is fleshed out by moral choices made under pressure. Using familiar archetypes that delineate the two will go far in helping you find a symbol and anchor of worthiness.

Moses and the Man of Steel

In postmodern society, people are willing to explore the spiritual and mythical to create order and meaning out of the chaos of 21st century life. Is our cultural impulse to attach ourselves to a family tree of symbolism? in doing so, the Bible and comics offer a unique treatise on the rise of heroes.

Watching Out for the Watchers

Casualties go beyond death and physical destruction, but reflect psychological, emotional, and spiritual trauma. Our heroic "charge" is to pool resources for those who have become a cheap commodity in an apathetic society.

Have We Sacrificed Security For Liberty?

No police force can safeguard the ideals of civility and decency from a public determined to destroy them or lacking the courage to stand up for them. But even when many citizens are respectful of each other and the law, there is never enough decency, never enough restraint, to enable people to live well together without someone who can step in. --Edwin Delattre

Don't Tase Me Bro!

From the baseball grandstands to political forums, the use of the TASER continues to gain momentum in the media where armchair quarterbacks watch game film on Monday mornings. But who's taping the game and who's sitting in the chair?

In Search of Obi-Wan Kenobi

The crisis of modern society could very well be our younger generation who no longer feel heroic in the call-to-duty we have set up for them. Adults and youth alike are often apathetic to our heroic plights. Others have turned to destructive heroics in trying to find some anchor of worthiness and meaning against the backdrop of an ugly society. Who do we turn to?

Finding a Phone Booth

Embracing a responsibility to seek out answers to suffering and injustice requires a heroic transformation not unlike Clark Kent ducking into a phone booth and flying out of the other side as Superman. Wherever you are in life, your phone booth is waiting.

When Kids Are The Heroes

Predatory social dynamics place all of us into the spotlight of survivor or victim. In growing numbers today, children provide our shelter.

Anti-Heroes: Is There a Goodness of Purpose?

"Well, when an adult male is chasing a female with intent to commit rape, I shoot the bastard. That's my policy."—Inspector Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry, 1971)

To Be or Not To Be

As millions go to the range to qualify on their firearms, don't forget that guns are only tools. YOU are the human weapon and the best self-defense starts and ends with your mind!

Stoke Your Fire

Given experiences beyond the range of human understanding, we constantly use symbolism to represent concepts that are difficult to define or comprehend. Moral and spiritual tradition teach us to respond to symbols in a way where human greatness is often realized--and achieved.

The Heroic Father

The power of even a mythological, fictional, and ironclad character such as Superman provides one central and realistic truth: Fearlessly embracing the responsibilities fathers have been given, regardless of past mistakes, will leave a strong legacy for generations to come.