Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 in Uncategorized
Care Enough To Confront
I loved the movie The Mask of Zorro. While Zorro’s mask hid his identity his character was evident to everyone. He was the same person wherever he went. Usually he was not a swashbuckling defender of the oppressed, but he routinely cared about the poor and disadvantaged.
In one particular scene old Zorro – Don Diego de la Vega — confronted the upstart new Zorro – Alejandro Murrieta.
The overconfident Alejandro Murrieta bragged, “I would have killed him.” His mentor Don Diego de la Vega said, “No, not today. He is trained to kill. You seem trained to drink.”
de la Vega, caring about his friend told him the truth about his character.
And then he continued, “Oh, yes, my friend, you would have fought very bravely, and died very quickly. Who then would avenge your brother?”
Someday Murrieta’s brother’s killer might be brought to justice, but without an accurate assessment of his abilities and shortcomings he would never have seen that day.
de la Vega saved his life.