By Jimmy Warden
I hate fiction.
Or so I thought. Last night, I watched The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and I was moved to tears. It was a magically mystic movie with timeless wisdom that cuts deep.
Although I was skeptical, I am delighted I watched it. The story captivated my attention and taught me more about personal growth than most self-help books. It was a spiritual experience.
With that said, here are three bits of wisdom I learned from The Chronicles of Narnia.
1. Being too hard on loved ones pushes them away
There are four siblings in the movie. Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie.
Peter is the eldest and takes on a fatherly role because their father went to fight in World War II. He is always on Edmund’s case for being immature and a bad brother. When the siblings are in Narnia, Edmund leaves them to side with the Evil White Witch.
When Peter met Aslan, the king of Narnia, Peter learned he had been too hard on his brother. Aslund helped Peter understand that Edmund betrayed them because of Peter’s tough love. Peter later made amends with his brother.
Tough love is sometimes necessary, but it shouldn’t be the default. If it is, we can push away those we love most.
2. Diverse beings unite for just causes
The Evil White Witch held power over the creatures that inhabited Narnia. However, when the children arrived, the prophecy could be fulfilled.
The prophecy stated the Pevensie children would save Narnia. They would unite all the beings in Narnia to fight the White Witch and take back the kingdom. The prophecy came true because the Pevensies united everyone in Narnia. They united beavers, foxes, gryphons, centaurs, and fauns. Each being brought its own flavor of diversity to the war.
Despite the massive differences in physical appearance, everyone was brought together to fight for a just cause. Coming together creates unity, and with unity, there is power and connection.
3. True sacrifice is putting yourself at risk for others
A rule of Narnia is all traitors must stay with the White Witch. Edmund was a traitor and in her clutches, but Aslan sent a militia to the Witch’s camp that successfully retrieved Edmund.
When the Witch confronted Aslan about this on his turf, she reminded him of that rule in front of Narnia’s entire population. Aslan spoke to her privately and came to a deal so Edmund could stay with his siblings in the good half of Narnia.
However, it came at a cost. Aslan’s life.
When you’re willing to sacrifice a bit of yourself for others, you know you’re doing something meaningful. Whether it’s listening to a loved one’s problem, teaching someone something, or donating money, there is tremendous value in sacrificing for the greater good.