There’s a theme in geek literature and movies that everyone recognizes, yet is always pleasantly surprised by. (It also shows up every once in awhile in medias for normal people, but it’s something that geeks just tend to do better.) In any case– in every case– it’s my favorite scene. It’s inspiring, tangible proof of a life well-lived, even though the scenes are usually rife with humor and silly antics.
I’m talking, of course, about the thematic “Call to arms!” It’s when all the various little characters that our protaganist meets along the way show up to return the favor– a small kindness for a small sacrifice, a leap of faith for trust. Sometimes just out of love, and sometimes for their own benefit– but always because that connection they formed with my beloved hero, no matter how fleeting, was the stuff of legend.
The story takes ill-matched lifestyles and molds them together into a group of friends. No. Family. They are improved by one another, and they learn to look at society and say, “You may not accept this. You may not understand this. But this person changed my life, opened my eyes, and held my hand. This person is a madman, a lunatic, and one of the best examples of kindness and honor that I have ever had the good grace to know.”
It’s the moment in Farscape when they decide to rob the Shadow Depository and all the villains from around the universe come to help. It’s the scene in the recent Doctor Who– where he is dying, where the universe is crying, and River Song says that she can’t let him die without making sure he knows that is loved by billions.
It’s a literary cliché and a television trope, but it seems to answer the question.
Your life is a masterpiece if you have been a positive change on your world, if you found friends on your journey, if you have turned small actions into great lessons, if you are loved, and if you love.
(And if you happen to have friends who will help you rob a villain’s bank in order to get enough money to buy back your child who was sold into slavery, or friends who will drive their spaceships out to the center of an exploding galaxy to rescue you– well, double points for you.)
Daily Post: What is a life well lived to you? : http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/11/22/daily-prompt-success/