I love magical stories, and my favorite book is The Lord of the Rings.
“One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.”
At the very beginning of the book, the author, J.R.R. Tolkien, uses a few words to lay out the core theme of his book: power. It explores the power to control others or the power to have eternal life.
Power is humanity’s ultimate desire. The ring, with its ultimate power, awakens the dark side in all sorts of beings, including the kind and naive Hobbit, Gollum.
The ring corrupts people’s minds and grants its owner immortality, allowing them to live as long as they possess the ring. As a result, even a kind Gollum like Frodo will kill his friend for possession of the ring, which he calls ‘precious.’
Power and other desires can corrupt a good man’s heart.
The other theme of the story is choice. In the story, another Hobbit named Frodo chooses to destroy the ring when he witnesses the ring’s corrupting influence on his uncle. The ring tempts Frodo to use its power and keep it. Finally, with the help of his friends, Frodo embarks on a journey to Mount Doom to destroy the ring.
Even the smallest person can make a good choice that can change the future.
The film is far more fascinating than what I’ve shared here. I recommend watching the movie and reading the book. I know there is a nine-hour version currently showing in cinemas in Hong Kong.
Last but not least, we all can make a good choice and turn the future into a bright one.