The Lone Ranger and how times change, but Truth doesn’t

I am very happy, as a father, that I have had the chance to sit and watch shows like The Lone Ranger with my sons. (Mind you, when I speak of the Masked Man, I’m speaking of the original and best – Clayton Moore.)  It gives me the chance to illustrate some ideas to them as we watch it; namely that there are principles and ideals/ideas that never change. Mankind’s ideas change, and the world may change, but some principles never do. It made me hearken back to a scene from the second Captain America movie, in which Nick Fury was telling Captain America that he needed to “get with the program;” i.e., change his principles to fit the times. Cap’s response was classic – “Don’t hold your breath.”

For those who may not have seen it, or would like to again, here it is:

Captain America, in the movie, refused to change his principles and give them up “because times have changed.” He still believed in them, and believed they would work, given the chance. Fight evil? Absolutely. Stand against our enemies? Absolutely. Go to the lengths that they were in the movie and even that we seem to be in the world today, at times? No. There’s a line that you don’t cross. In many cases, as Cap said, “This isn’t freedom – this is fear.” The implication is very direct – living in fear isn’t freedom; it’s just another form of bondage, slavery, tyranny.

In the case of The Lone Ranger, Westerns were full of killing,  (Now, don’t get me wrong – I am NOT a hand wringing “Oh dear, violence in movies!” kind of person. I enjoy watching The Duke punch out baddies or a good gunfight in a classic Western as much as anyone. It’s fiction. I understand it, and my boys do, too. There’s another point I’m making, here. Bear with me) In the original novels and stories, the Lone Ranger followed suit. Clayton Moore, upon taking the role, wanted the Lone Ranger to be a better role model and so he gave him a code to follow. That code was never broken. He stuck to it, no matter how bad things got, no matter how ruthless the villain. He believed that Law, Order and Justice would prevail – he didn’t need to take it upon himself to do so. With the prevalence of heroes whose only difference from the villains is that they either claim to be fighting for “good”(which makes it ok to kill the bad guys wholesale)  or bring the bad guys in, generally after soundly beating them to a pulp (they even have some of the latest incarnations of Superman doing it, for pity’s sake) the Lone Ranger, like Captain America, is a breath of fresh air.

So what’s the point? It’s this. I believe that these two characters exemplify a rather simple point that is forgotten, especially today. The point is stated in the image chosen to represent this post and, even more simply, in this statement – Truth doesn’t change. People can call the truth a lie, but it doesn’t make it one. They can call a lie the truth, but it doesn’t make it so. Likewise things that are good and things that are evil. We live in a world where “does it fit the narrative?” is the yardstick used to measure what is called “truth.”  However – that doesn’t change the Truth inherent in the situations. Gun control, crime, “white guilt,” whatever the cause du jour may be – don’t allow agendas, narratives and the like to determine what is “true.” Find it for yourselves. Once you’ve found it, lay hold to it and STAND there. Nothing is worth compromising the Truth – not position, not power, not wealth. Our local school district hates me because I take an active role in my sons’ education; I teach them the good AND bad of our country and its history and do it in the context of what’s inherent to mankind as a whole. As a result, they know the Truth of history – not just what is taught in an effort to make some into saints and the rest into evil, depraved demons. I teach them the realities of life, rather than the talking points of one group or another, one point of view or another. The realities of life are the realities of life. Truth is Truth.

Find it. Stand for it. Times change. People change. The Truth never does.

I close with this:

“Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and the tell the whole world—’no, YOU move.'”

God bless today, my friends.