Two powers rage in U.S. politics, and the middle ground is shrinking, leaving many feeling politically homeless. The ordinary hobbit may be the guide we need out of our political divide.
Eliza Anderson, Deseret News
Spiderman swings in, webs shooting out of his wrists. Dr. Strange jumps through his sparking interdimensional portal. A hobbit sneaks past, invisible, wielding the power of the One Ring.
No, that’s not right. But what if that had been? How would “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy have ended if the fellowship had followed Boromir’s plan and brought the ring to Gondor to harness its power for themselves — for the cause of good? Or what if the hobbits had kept the ring in the Shire, never bringing it to the Elven council in the first place?
Tolkien’s story has a very different message from the ones often pitched in popular superhero movies and action adventures. Instead of celebrating the heroes who gain power and use it for good, Tolkien’s hobbits are a celebration of ordinary folks who eliminate the power imbalances altogether.
Jessica Hooten Wilson, writing for American Magazine, says, “Instead of hobbits, we celebrate supermen and avengers. Would Clark Kent be a hero without his power? Would we still see the life worth imitating in the farm boy who decided to be a journalist, loved Lois Lane and took care of those around him?”
In our political climate, two main powers rage against each other, both grabbing for more leverage. They champion just causes, but a false divide has taken hold of our system.
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New York Times writer Nate Cohn calls our political state a form of sectarianism with “two hostile identity groups who not only clash over policy and ideology, but see the other side as alien and immoral. It’s the antagonistic feelings between the groups, more than differences over ideas, that drive sectarian conflict.”
A friend of mine recently moved to a new town and was told by a local, “You’re welcome in this town, as long as you voted for Trump.” I overheard a different conversation where an acquaintance stated that “all Republicans are idiots.” These two statements cast aside an opportunity to discuss and learn from other viewpoints and instead default to the power of one party to rule them all.
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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News
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