Life Coach Suggests People Be More Like Psychotic Murdering Clown…

Batman and the Joker from the Dark KnightLast week, David Templeton, a local film critic, took me to see the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight. After the film we sat down and chatted for a while so that he could write up an article for his Talking Pictures column in Marin County’s Pacific Sun Newspaper.

You can imagine my surprise this morning when I read David’s headline:

Life Coach Suggests People Be More Like Psychotic Murdering Clown…

Now the crazy thing is… I did suggest that!

To find out more you’ll have to read the full story here!

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    5 Responses to “Life Coach Suggests People Be More Like Psychotic Murdering Clown…”

    1. Stephen Hopson on August 2nd, 2008 5:00 am


      That was a fascinating article by your friend. I left a comment at the end of that article b/c what you and your writer friend had to say about the Joker’s pysche and why it appeals to so many people is true. We all want to live a carefree life like the Joker does in the movie (although his is on the murderous, negative side) but we end up “playing it safe” like Batman.

      Very interesting!

    2. Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker on August 2nd, 2008 8:43 am

      Edward, I haven’t seen the movie and don’t know if I will. I am not a big Batman fan of the movies. You made some interesting points that make a lot of sense. We are often drawn to the dark side and your reasons are very valid.

    3. Edward Mills on August 2nd, 2008 2:22 pm

      @Stephen: Thanks for the comments. It’s interesting that I had no idea what we were going to talk about after the movie. And as our conversation progressed it became more and more clear that it was the Joker’s aliveness that stole the show. Literally. I think that’s why we tend to be attracted to the “anti-heroes.” In general they tend to be much more alive than the heroes. There certainly are some “alive” heroes out there. If we’re sticking with the comics in film theme for the moment you’ve got Tony Stark/Ironman and Johnny Storm/The Human Torch from the Fantastic Four as great examples. But even with them there’s an element of anti-hero playing out.

      Which leads me to your comment @Patricia:

      I don’t necessarily believe that it’s all about the allure of the Dark Side. I believe it’s very possible to be fully alive and fully connected to the light! The aliveness comes more from a release of the control and an acceptance and even embracing of the chaos. I think the reason why we see more aliveness in so many dark characters is because we tend to associate chaos with darkness. But there is nothing inherently dark about chaos. It’s only our perception and beliefs that create that connection.

    4. Niya Christine on August 4th, 2008 12:18 pm

      Ed, now I have to change my name of you from Coyote to Joker.
      It’s true, you are very alive.

      This article is awesome. Very inspiring and rings so true.
      I know chaos quite intimately but privately. This article made me want to get a little messy. Because lets face it, life seems to want to be messy anyhow, lets give it what it wants and then have a Martini!


    5. Randy Spelling - Life Coach on December 14th, 2008 10:58 am

      I’m so glad I found this article- I’m a life coach myself! Truly an amazing and inspiring read. I had actually wondered for quite some time why so many people were in love with the character of the Joker. It really is about his ‘aliveness’.

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