Sunday, January 13, 2013

Simba: Enemies Beware...

Hey guys! I am starting a new series for the new year, based on my favorite movie (or one of them anyways), The Lion King! It is a deep study on the movie, the meaning behind it, the characters within it, and relating it to your life. This series has a strong possibility of being interrupted by the third annual HEROES Week, so there may be two series going on at the same time. HEROES Week is going to be probably the best yet, mainly because of world and national events that have happened as of late. I know I have not blogged enough lately, but 2013 is going to be pretty darn awesome! I just can't wait to get this started!
Simba, Simba. Meaning "Lion" in Swahili. Simba is the heir to be King of Pride Rock after his father, Mufasa's reign. The young cub is shown around the pride lands one day by his father and Mufasa tells him, "A king's time as king rises and falls like the sun. One day my time here will set and rise with you as the new king." (Not necessarily a direct quote, even though I know that movie like the back of my hand.) He shows him how we are all connected in the great circle of life, therefore we must all respect and take care of each other. Even if we eat the antelope and wildebeests. That's what the circle of life is all about, and we must take our place in it.

While being shown around the pride lands, Simba wonders what "that shadowy place" beyond the rise of the northern border is and is told never to go there by his father. When he brags about someday being king of the pride lands to his uncle Scar, his uncle tells him not to go there in a way that basically says "Yeah, you should totally go there." This is his uncle's first plan to kill the young prince.

Simba runs off to tell his oldest friend, Nala, about "this really cool place." The two cubs are allowed to go to what is believed the be the water hole, under one condition their parents Sarafina and Sarabi say: Zazu, "Mufasa's little stuge," must go with them to protect them from any harm. The two come up with a plan to, in Nala's words, "ditch the dodo."

And here comes the world famous song (that I can play on guitar), "I Just Can't Wait to be King!"

Once the dodo has been ditched, the two are playing with each other when they fall into the elephant graveyard, not knowing the danger they are in. Zazu, Simba, and Nala find the hyenas and begin to run, knowing they could all be eaten. Luckily, Mufasa saves them... after Zazu is put in the birdy boiler and both Nala and Simba are nearly eaten. His response? "You deliberately disobeyed me."

Simba tells his father that he was trying to be brave, but what he doesn't understand is being brave doesn't mean you go searching for trouble. Especially when it's putting the lives of others in danger. Not only could he have been eaten, but Nala would have been as well if Mufasa hadn't shown up in time and Zazu was put in the birdy boiler (I have no idea how he survived that). He learns that there is much more to being king than being "free to run around all day." You have responsibilities.

A lesson we can all learn from young Simba:

You don't have to put yourself in danger or anything to prove that you are capable of something. When you need to use your strengths, you will. Also, this shows that you should obey your parents. Because usually, there is a good reason. In Simba's case, it could have been the difference between life and death.

Young Simba's best lines
"But Zazu! I thought you said hyenas were slobbering, stupid pouchers..."
"Mom!!! You're messing up my mane!"
"Uncle Scar, you're so weird!"
"When I'm king, that'll be the first thing to go."
"Well in that case, you're fired."
"Danger? I look on the wild side. I laugh in the face of danger! Ha ha ha ha!"
"Why don't you pick on somebody your own size?"
"Dad, we're pals, right? And we'll always be together?"
"Uncle Scar, will I like the surprise?"
"It means no worries for the rest of your days! It's our problem-free philosophy, hakuna matata."

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