I am sure many people wonder what fate awaits those in power today. Will history mark them as successful liberators, peacekeepers, and righteous heroes? Or, will history score them as powerfully rich oppressors using political prowess, and privilege to betray the masses? I am inspired by Walter Mosley to write about a hero with both historical fates.
This way the heroics are true.
Heroism is not easy and oft times it is achieved by a lone individual against ineffable odds; an individual who manages to overcome a great ordeal. But, this tells you nothing of their personality or past. Heroics are selfless acts that we as humans place in the highest regard. Such acts seem to exonerate any past disputable crimes by a hero. We might even ignore or doubt their guilt. If the majority of the public declares someone hero, then the minority of the public's opinion is unheard. I think it is because we all like to see heroes and we all want to be heroes.
We all recognize a winner.
Now, there are a lot of heroes out there. Some you know and others you will never know. It seems heroes are either public or private. The private heroes don't appear in polls, usually shy away from journalists, and consider their acts to be something anyone else would do. The private heroes are unsung.
We love unsung heroes most of all.
Maybe it is their humility, an unwillingness to broadcast their great deeds to the rest of the world in order to gain high praise and recognition? Maybe it is their style, a feeble appearance masking a character of great strength and rich personality?
Someone the bad guys always underestimate.
Please understand that I struggled with the dilemma of culture for some time during the creation of this heroic story. Hollywood presents heroes in a certain fashion and arguably implies that culture is a factor. But, it is one of a multitude, and human nature is colorblind. The ability to keep an open mind or change your paradigm of what you believe to be fact goes against human nature. Few individuals can do so.
This is why human nature trumps culture every time.
This story's hero is hated by the majority of the public not because of color, but because this hero's people used power and privilege to oppress the masses. After a great cataclysm these oppressors became few in number. The masses discriminate and persecute the remnants of their old oppressors; fueled by memories that are long and unmerciful.
They cannot change their paradigm.
This story is an insight into the possible future Americans face. But, it is an even greater warning for all of humanity, lest we end with the same fate.
-Michael A. Gill-Branion / Xiao Shizi
ONE LINER: "Kung Fu" needs "Excalibur"
LOG LINE: An ancient prince, lost in a world where he is an enemy to most, unravels the mysteries of his past as he survives an epic quest.
PITCH: What happens when a Marshal from an extinct autonomous order tries to redeem himself by defeating the Slayer of the Gods.