“He told me once to be brave, and though I have stood still while knives spun toward my face and jumped off a roof, I never thought I would need bravery in small moments of my life, I do.”
– Divergent (book)
Let’s get one thing straight. I hate the action and sci-fi genre.
There is nothing in this world that will convince me to sit down and watch or read anything of this genre.
If you had begged on your knees to make me spend time on such a thing, you would end up in the cinema with a gigantic box of popcorn to yourself and, alternatively, the book would be shoved in the corner for dust to invade its existence.
When I think of such a genre, I immediately think of blood, bashing, beating, bruises and bombs. These things just never appealed to me – ever.
A few weeks ago, the unthinkable happened. In return for making my friends watch three episodes of cheesy sitcoms, they opened up my world to Divergent (I know what you’re thinking – 3 millennia later, right? Please re-read the second sentence of this post).
SO … to say so in an extremely exaggerated way (there is always some truth behind exaggerations), my life changed – immensely.
As someone who is fond of the arts, I’ve never seen a movie/book with a concept that captured the nature of humanity so intricately.
Due to the complexities of the characters in Divergent, there are so many morals that can be open to interpretation.
However, there was one thing in particular that summed it all up for me – fear.
Fear of being different. Fear of being the minority. Fear of vulnerability. ‘Fear that we are powerful beyond measure’ (Marianne Williamson).
Fear of being different/being the minority
Tori: You’re different. You don’t fit in a category. They can’t control you. They call it Divergent.
Do you ever have those days where you just don’t feel like you’re good enough? Does self-acceptance often become a difficult concept to reconcile with?
Perhaps, we need to realise that we weren’t born to fit in. Instead, we need to change our way of thinking and realise that we were born to stand out.
In other words, we need to be divergents.
Fear of vulnerability
Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior: I’m the weakest one here.
Christina: Then you’ll be the most improved.
Vulnerability does not always equate to weakness. People often have a love-hate relationship with it. Instead vulnerability is having the courage to accept that you are human – with strengths and weaknesses.
Vulnerability is confused with cowardice. However, what we fail to realise is that accepting our limitations and then improving from then on is much more of a greater act of bravery, than pretending like your defects don’t exist.
Fear that we are powerful beyond measure
Four: Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it, that’s the point.
Remember the time when Tris and Four climbed to the very top of the Ferris Wheel, whilst playing ‘capture the flag? Tris insisted she wanted to make it to the very top whilst Four hesitated to do so …
Tris: You’re afraid of heights, aren’t you?
Four: Everyone’s afraid of something.
Yep, that definitely struck me. Four was meant to be someone who didn’t have fears, but he did. However, he didn’t let them control him.
That’s the thing, you don’t have to be fearless in order to be Dauntless – you just have to be the master of them.
SO… here I am, thus inspired and gladly part of a band wagon of Divergent fans.