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Would be Watcher

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Subj: Maybe...
Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 01:03:49 pm EST (Viewed 106 times)
Reply Subj: There are limits. Just not to the degree you think of.
Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 12:38:14 pm EST (Viewed 105 times)

    Odin wanted Thor to learn enough humility to learn to care about those weaker then him and know his consequences have actions. Before being banished Thor would seek out any fight he could regardless of what would occur afterwords. His actions nearly started a war which could have killed who knows how many people. Thor was so invincible and had become so self-centered that he acted with little regard toward others. On one hand he knew what was noble and tried to live up to it, but by failing to think through on his actions he was causing problems throughout the nine realms.

    The current Thor still boasts a lot, but he usually only engages in battles that come to him or are necessary. He no longer seeks out combat just to prove how great he is. He also tends to be more respectful of the lives of others whereas before he probable would have cared a lot less about whether or not his enemies lived. So Thor did learn humility, but not to the degree modern culture thinks one should be humble. Modesty is not an Asgardian virtue.

...but to me, the way you say it, it look more like Odin wanted to make him more responsible rather than more humble. From my POV, by living among "mortals", he was forced to stop looking down to an extent and see for himself the value of what he inherently considered inferior to him. Rather than see worthless ants, he would slowly see many virtues that he might have thought only present among his kind or, even worse, himself alone. Having a taste of what it was to be "mortal" was a good way to give him a new perspective. After all, presenting yourself to all others as a God, inherently asking the respect you think you are due because you are a God, can be VERY arrogant. Doubly so in a universe like Marvel where god doesn't mean God and where many "mortal" could well teach you humility.

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