We embrace the fictional superheroes of modern movies
and ignore what is close to the bone.
Merriam-Webster’s definition of Hero:
a : a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability
b : an illustrious warrior
c : a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities
d : one who shows great courage
e : the principal male character in a literary or dramatic work
f : the central figure in an event, period, or movement
g: an object of extreme admiration and devotion : idol
As a child, a movie goer, a video game player and an eternal optimist I used to scan the horizons for heroes. I wanted to imagine them, dream of them, value them, become energized and stronger through their existence. The programming of my life, my SLANT, slung a score of heroes at me and for a while they stuck with me like drying mud. These projected heroes skewed my view of mere mortals and changed my perspective about myself.
There were heroic figures who fought for justice such as Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, Larry Kramer, Sojourner Truth.
There were sports heroes like Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron and Muhammad Ali.
There were presidential heroes like JFK, FDR and George Washington.
There were tv and movie heroes galore such as John Wayne, Zorro and Superman. Today we are deluged by reams and teams of movie superheroes.
There were literary heroes- F Scott Fitzgerald, civilizers- Mother Teresa, war heroes- Audie Murphy, industrial masterminds- Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie and martyrs- Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King.
These are just the US versions of heroes. Every country and culture has their own heroes.
And for every non fictional media hero listed above there is an opposite and equal anti-hero within each one of them – imperfect to say the least. And for every non fictional hero listed above, there were massive numbers of equals living among them, before them, or after them who conducted themselves with the same or greater qualities as these mediated icons. We do not diminish those on the list, we simply recognize that the faux construct we call heroes occupies a spectrum of behavior, of thought, and action that many who walk among you equal or exceed. We just don’t know every hero among us, often because their impact was localized, scaled to heroic deeds in the living room of a home, or on the corner of a street or in the mind of one person.
The word “hero”, just like thousands of other words, misleads us by carrying the SLANT of a tired language. Your mind leaps to a construct when you hear the word or think of the word. Heretofore, that word will NEVER again be used by us other than for more reference during deprogramming. What do you immediately think of when you hear that word?
Man or Woman
Boy or Girl
Old or Young
Gay or Straight
Tall or Short
Heavy or Thin
Indigenous or Transplanted
Slight or Muscular
Intelligent or Less Capable
Strong Willed or Casual
Rich or Poor
High Societal Status or Low
Bald or Folically Endowed
North American or Asian or European or African or South American or Polar or Australian
You can make up more pairings in the comments if you wish. Send them along and we’ll add them.
Do you feel the SLANT of how you imagine your hero?
Y Worlds has come to the easy conclusion that there are no h*roes because the word and the concept was corrupt from the start.
There is no single word for a construct that embraces and displaces and replaces the H word.
Our construct starts, as all things in Y Worlds do, with Nurture, Equality, Truth and Systems.
Who are the Nurturers, who are the Equalizers, who are the Truth-tellers, who are the thinkers who can help us all with the complexity of everything- the Systems? Of course they come in all forms in every block in every part of the world. They are everywhere but nowhere to been seen. We need to celebrate these people, each and every one of them.
Every day presents CHALLENGES. They build across our lifetimes. They are in our mind and our body, and they are the experiences we have to face or choose to face or are fated to face. Our construct celebrates EFFORT.INTENT.CREATIVITY – conscious, corporal, subconscious effort.intent.creativity – TO CHALLENGE WHAT IS HARMFUL. Everyone does not receive the blue pattern of NETS for being born. These folks are among the many that do make the effort:
The lover of others and self.
The risk taker.
Add your ideas in the comments.
When you experience one of these people, or these constructs, no matter what body they occupy, what place they stand, what moment in time they live, what age they are, no mater what context, make a conscious effort to recognize them as they make their uniquely human attempt to realize Nurture, Equalities and Truths by pushing against the harmful SLANT of what is. You’ll find they are everywhere and even right where you stand. Celebrate Nurturers, Equalizers and Truth-Tellers.
Y Worlds. Celebrating every NETS act of life.