Friday, February 13, 2009

Asylum


One of my favorite Batman tales is Arkham Asylum. The inmates have taken over the asylum, and Batman must enter and face those he helped put there, to save the lives of the staff. A very dark and abstract tale.

I found myself reminiscent of this after my visit to Logan's school today. For the last two days, Logan's teacher has been out. leaving her class to a substitute. Far from Berringer, this one was getting run over. Managing 30 kindergartners is scary enough, imagine if they think they own you. Personal boundaries, out the window. Listening, not so much. Respect, Dangerfield got more.

I tried my usual bag of tricks on the playground, which worked for a few minutes, but they were too far gone. Cole was with me, boy wonder to my Batman. Instead of saving the staff, we escaped with our lives.

At the end of the graphic novel, having chosen to release the Batman, Two Face recites a line from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, "Who cares for you? You're nothing but a pack of cards."

The world can be a pretty scary place. Abuse. Slavery. Child prostitution. Starvation. War. Disease. Economic collapse. Job loss. Broken homes. The list goes on. We can sometimes wonder who is in charge. Have the inmates over run the asylum? Who cares? Left feeling like another card in the deck or the substitute trying to regain some control.

God is not ignorant or deaf. He hears the cry of the oppressed. When we find ourselves at the end of our rope, we open the door for more of Him. For one who feels out of control, in this I find comfort.

5 comments:

Mom said...

Excellent post. How much in this day and time we need constant faith and reminders of where we find our comfort. Our creator, our Lord, He is always there with open arms.

Daniel said...

Remember that much of life is like living in an out-of-control asylum. Find time each day, quality time, to pray and be with the Lord. Do not serve him leftovers, eyes slipping shut, children calling for you, phone ringing off the wall. Stop, slip away, and find a few moments to rejoice, a few moments to listen, a few moments to share.

Rob said...

I need to read that comin book. I've heard of it but never read it. Good times on the playground. Good post.

Vince Farrell said...

Great post! Of course I'm a sucker for anything with the context of "Batman" since I pretty much think any the lines in the movie "The Dark Knight" and be used in everyday life. Goes to show how much this world is truely an asylum.
But like you said...God is in control...He has a plan. (It's all part of the plan)
Good stuff!!

Brian Miller said...

Rob, I'll bring it back with me this week.