With all these comic book movies dominating the box office and pop culture, anyone not yet matured could quickly assume that being a hero means possessing supernatural abilities and resorting to violence to solve problems. To you it may not sound like much, but considering how life imitates art and vice versa, this could be seen as a definite contributor to the rise of violence in our nation, and the feel of not being good enough because you don’t have “superpowers.”
This is why the story of Desmond Doss is a lifesaver: his story shows us all what it really takes to be a hero. No more of that supernatural powers to inflict damage nonsense, this real life hero is an average guy with nothing too special about him, and won’t even dream of firing a bullet for any reason. Yet despite not having any weapon of protection on the war field, he still saved many lives through his love and commitment to his service.
More people, particularly those with autism, need to understand the value Doss’s story offers to the well-being of the 21st century. He proves to every man, woman, and soldier that you don’t have to resort to violence to be a hero, but rather that being a hero is all about helping people and saving lives. Those on the autism spectrum need to understand how good, strong heroism starts with who they’re lead to look at as role models.
That is why every parent needs to understand the importance of teaching good morals to their autistic kids.
Six-Word Lessons for Dads with Autistic Kids, Lesson #71: Remind Him of His Own Strengths.
Every child with autism has to know that they are always great at something, and they have a duty to use this greatness for the sake of helping others. And yes, it needs to be the parents/guardians who tell them that. If a child understands that the person they look up to the most is encouraging them to do great things with their strengths, then they’re more likely to follow suit. Anyone can be great at painting, but it does no good to use it for self-seeking means. If the painter is using her gift to illustrate her experiences serving the homeless, it raises greater awareness of a more important issue, one that will in time help countless people.
But of course, doing this kind of thing is simply not in the nature of one with autism to even consider.
Six-Word Lessons on Growing Up Autistic, Lesson #93: They Don’t Feel Sharing is Caring.
It took me many years to develop a gene for others’ interest. Until I was out of high school, consideration of another’s interests would rarely if ever even cross my mind. I only knew how to use what I was good at for my own means. If it weren’t for my parents and other role models I’ve met, I would never have thought of how to use what I’m good at specifically to help others.
That is what makes the story of Hacksaw Ridge so valuable, especially for today’s self-righteous violence-obsessed culture. It reminds us what makes a real hero with lasting impression, as to the selfless morals our heroes should really be living by. There are so many elements of media that teach millennials to be living for themselves, and to not listen to anyone who tries to make them live different than what their heart intends. But this WWII-era story says different: it says your life only has meaning when you sacrifice yourself with a legacy in mind. That’s what Desmond Doss did, and we’re still talking about him after all these years.
- Keep yourself active as the key role model of your autistic child. They pay more attention to you than you realize. If they feel you’re not paying attention to them, they’ll turn to other means through the TV and iPad screen to find role models they can connect with.
- Don’t let popular media figures teach your children right from wrong. Especially when one of your kids has autism, they don’t have the discernment to consider who else they’re affecting with what they imitate in the media. Or better yet, don’t let prolonged exposure to the wrong media figures (superheroes, cartoons) teach the wrong messages to your kids.
- Be using your strengths and interests as a way to help others and save lives. Don’t feel like you have to change who you are to fit the status quo. If Desmond Doss did that, he would never be hailed as a war hero. Do what it is you do better than anyone else in a way that benefits your loved ones.
If there is a specific movie in my Review List you’d like me to do an autism lesson on, please email me at Trevor@TrevorsViewOnHollywood.com for your recommendations.
Have a great weekend, and happy watching!