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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Hero or Heroin?

Traditional Hero story: prophecy of the Hero, danger to baby Hero leads to being raised by commoners, adolescent Hero is reluctantly thrust into greatness and saves the world, adult Hero becomes the wise ruler of the world, old Hero fades away in mystery, the end. (Then all the little kids, in every human civilization, beg to hear it again.)
“I believe that interest in heroes is universal and eternal.” - Norman Spinrad
In the original sense of the word, a Hero is a demi God. (Per Wikipedia – NOT to be confused with heroin. Good advice.)
I really like the imagery the Hero but not the traditional Hero story. I think the time of Gods running around with mortals is pretty much over. (At least I haven’t heard of Zeus seducing many women recently.) So this definition limits Hero availability and it becomes a pretty exclusive club.
“A boy doesn't have to go to war to be a hero; he can say he doesn't like pie when he sees there isn't enough to go around.” - Edgar Watson Howe
Forget the commoner as surrogate parent to the demi God, I like the imagery of the commoner becoming the Hero. Everyone has a chance.
“I was very pleased with your kind letter. Until now I never dreamed of being something like a hero. But since you've given me the nomination I feel that I am one.” ― Albert Einstein

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