2 comments on “Rambo Syndrome, a discourse

  1. In 1972, an author by the name of David Morrell wrote a novel called First Blood. First Blood as a novel is essentially a story that Morrell based upon the experiences that students in the tertiary courses in English that he taught reported to him. These students, the story goes, had served in the Vietnam war. … [T]he war has scarred Rambo to the point where he simply wants to die in battle rather than live to see another day.

    Amazing! I would never have guessed, from what I know of the movies, that the character had such origins. The movie character seems to be a quasi-allegorical figure who glorifies violence, who stands, as you say, for the axiomatically righteous military might of the United States. It would never have entered my brain that he had been created to criticize that culture of overkill …

    As to aggression, I think you are absolutely right. I know I was most belligerent at the point in my life when I was being picked on by a group of boys, and was still too weak to fight them. Once I started to get stronger, I became calmer and more peaceful. Now, at my strongest, I’m a big dippy hippie. :)

    Temple Grandin wrote something about cats that I think is just as applicable to humans: the worst, most intractable aggression has fear at the root of it.

    • The first and last of the films titled Rambo are the truest to the novels. Although the first still has a lot of that gung-ho, Rambozo The Clown feel to it, it does manage to touch upon the psychology of the character and why he does what he does more satisfyingly than is the case in the middle two films. The last of the series, the one simply titled Rambo, is actually the best in this regard. Not because it criticises the culture that you speak of, but rather takes the whole peace love and mungbeans attitude of some activists and thrusts it into the middle of a world where law and decency have lost their meaning, using Rambo as a crude tour guide.

      I think in my case, the tendency towards aggression has become tempered by the fact that my true enemy has finally summoned up the guts to show “his” face. I am pretty sure that Karate works on the same principle. One feels a lot less aggressive in general when they know where to strike to get the best results. The fact that I also feel a lot has been lost from my life due to having no positive energy flowing in is a factor, too.

      Temple Grandin probably could write a thesis on how similar animal behaviour is to Human behaviour. :D Similarity is often a common theme in my writing. I am not ashamed to admit that I have written pornographic content in which a Dwarvish woman decides to write an essay exploring the similarity between cannons or explosive-based weaponry and certain male anatomy. :D

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