By Matt W. Sandford, LMHC
I little while ago I watched the movie, Oz, The Great and Powerful. Enjoyed the movie. When Oz first comes to the land of Oz he is a con-man of low character. The good witch believes he has come to save them. Even after she demonstrates that she knows his character. But she tells him that she believes he can be more. My favorite part came at the very end. Oz, just like in the original movie, gives out rewards to the characters. When he comes to the good witch she tells him that she knew he could do it. He asks, “You mean greatness?” “No” she says, “much better than that. Goodness.”
I thought it was a moving scene and represented the core theme of the movie. That a man who desired to become great learns that there is something better than greatness. Better than riches or power or fame. There is moral virtue. Self sacrifice. Courage. Leadership. He only found greatness when he gave up pursuing it in order to pursue virtue. And in doing so he did find greatness.
I find the irony striking. That is – that those in the throes of glittery fame can speak to us about issues of character. But they can.
What’s harder is that stories such as these hold in them more than touching sentiment. This theme hits bedrock truth. It seems to me that we watch such movies and are impacted way too little.
God is in them to deliver meaningful messages and lead us to live for virtue.