Today I'm going to be analysing one of the Xmen films, days of the future past. I will discuss how this film shows that proving yourself to others is nothing but a dead end and a waste of time.
To give some context, just in case some of you have not watched any of the Xmen films or this particular one. Xmen is about human beings with powers (mutants) who are held controversial by the state. They question if they are a threat to 'normal' humans. Anyway, Xavier, the mind-reading mutant, creates a boarding school for young mutants to be safe and meet others like themselves and whose own parents reject them. He also tries to be the bridge between humans and mutants, wanting to keep the 'peace'. However, in days of the future past, one man's plan 50 years ago to abolish mutants later gets approved by the government to eradicate them. This film was about stopping the almost extinction of the mutants from sentinel robots who seek to destroy and remove mutants from this earth.
I believe all of this is a consequence of trying to prove yourself to others, which results in pretending to be something and someone you are not. I blame this on Xavier. Yes, I understand that Xavier wanted to preach peace and living in cohesion with one another and that mutants aren't a threat, but the real issue was why did people see them as a threat? I get that having people with powers can lead to discussions and actions in attempts to understand them. But I think the real problem was that because they are different, born different, the state and other people were scared of their own eradication and projected that into society. Bill Laswell said. People are afraid of things they don't understand. They don't know how to relate. It threatens their security, their existence, their career, image. I learned it is essential to not beg it with anyone, forcing myself on others, proving myself to those who reject me, just to gain some sort of self-worth and validation through that.
Anyways Despite all Xavier's efforts to be the peace. The humans still chose war and amenity to the mutants and were left on their own, protecting themselves. And would you look at that in the end, the humans became the real threat. Another lesson here. I should not be busy trying to make other people love me that I don't notice that they are finding ways to hurt me in the meantime. It's important to stay true to myself and not force myself to blend in because that is what gets you 'accepted' by society.
Xavier was a real conformist. He even constantly challenged mystique (Jenifer Lawerence) on why she chose to stay in her proper blue bodily form instead of making herself look human. People like him don't make the change necessary in life, and in my view he really didn't. Mutants were born to stand out, not to blend in, to have the right to live and prosper in a society like everyone else as who they are.
Although he had many flaws, Magneto was and is not the villain the film tried to make him out to be. Although his methods were very extreme, he stood against conformity as he knew mutants were made to be more. Magneto didn't want acceptance. He wanted freedom, although his ideals definitely became a bit supremacist. Will I sacrifice my freedom for approval? I don't need the validation of others to have self-worth. The only person who can give me worth is God. Note to self: seek value from above, not from the bottom.
In the end, if I live for people's acceptance, I will die by their rejection! Focus on you! I don't need anyone's approval. People will always have an issue, and it's not my job to try and fix it!