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“Why do we fall sir?
So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.”
– Alfred Pennyworth to Bruce Wayne (Batman Begins, 2005)
In the new “Notes to Self” series, I write down words my mind and heart should fully remember. And today I quote my favorite line from one of my favorite movies Batman Begins. (SPOILERS ahead if you have not seen the movie.)
Upon learning the real identity of Henri Ducard (the real Ra’s al Ghul) at his (unsuccessful birthday party, Bruce Wayne also learns his plans on destroying Gotham City with a microwave emitter that he stole from Wayne Enterprises (vaporizing the city’s water supply and also emitting Scarecrow’s toxin, rendering everyone in constant fear). And before Bruce can even make a move on taking down his enemy, Ra’s blew up the entire Wayne Manor. The whole mansion in flames, Bruce is down and weakened. But Alfred made the save on him and they went down to the Batcave before everything else was demolished and burned.
Bruce was really affected by what just happened. All the brick and mortar, destroyed. The League of Shadows have their numbers, and are moving quickly on realizing Ra’s evil plans. He doesn’t know what to do, saying that he wants to saved his beloved city but he failed on doing so. And then Alfred reminded him of what his father Thomas Wayne said when he was young, “Why do we fall down? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.” What a moment, right there. Bruce remembering his father, and remembering his sworn oath on protecting his birthplace.
Fast-forward to the ending, Batman, with the help of James Gordon and his trusted beast-vehicle Tumbler, stopped Ra’s al Ghul, his minions and his plan to destroy Gotham. Not even a burned-down mansion can even stop Batman from being the best crime fighter. Then again, he is a billionaire. He can handle millions of dollars of repair quite enough. But that shouldn’t be a reason to ignore the lesson of not giving up, even in the toughest of days.