I wish my life was a non-stop Hollywood movie show,
A fantasy world of celluloid villains and heroes,
Because celluloid heroes never feel any pain
And celluloid heroes never really die.
Unbroken, the story of Louis Zamperini, is remarkable. Actually, I find it more than remarkable; it’s amazing.
His strength and determination to overcome adversity is inspiring. I would have folded like the proverbial house of cards had I been in his situation. And that is probably why not only myself, but so many marvel at his character.
Unfortunately, the best part of the story is probably going to be missing in the movie, as it was down played in the book.
Louis in fact was broken. But that does not “play” well. We want “celluloid heroes”. We like individuals that overcome evil by seer determination and conviction. We eat that stuff up and glorify it in our society.
But what happens when we can not overcome evil? What happens when the force of evil is so great that mankind can not overcome it by intellect, moral conviction and the physical exertion of the will? What kind of story does that make for? Not a very good one.
Well, maybe not. For Louis Zamperini, being broken makes a difference for eternity . Regardless of his notable exploits, that we love to hear about, Louis’s greatest experience was born of broken and contrite spirit.
If any one had a reason to trust in their own abilities to overcome, it would be Louis. But, towards the last years of his life, Louis acknowledge that he could not over come the greatest evil; indwelling sin.
Out of broken spirit, Louis agreed with God, that he, Louis, was helpless in His, God’s, sight to overcome death. With sincere humility, Louis believed what God has said in the Bible and was born again.