“What does it take to be a superhero in my world?” – Something Corporate
We all want to believe in superheroes. It’s obvious by the rise of, and dominance by, superhero films.
One problem though is that we want so badly for everyone to feel special and heroic, that we’ve lost the meaning of heroism. We should try to redefine heroism so that it carries significance.
The question the band Something Corporate poses is one I’d love to be answered. I think I have an answer, but I can’t be certain it will be accepted by the general population.
Selflessness. It’s a quality that is rare in practice. It’s not a resume filler (yet), but people still know what it is, even if only in theory.
I’d like to present selflessness as a prerequisite for a hero/heroine. This selflessness doesn’t mean becoming a doormat. Big difference. It’s about putting others before yourself. It involves lying and breaking rules when necessary to protect others; warding off the brutality that comes in many forms.
I know there are lots of people damaged, even broken, by selfish people. Currently, I’m thinking about this in romantic terms. The used and the users. I see a lot of girls damaged by selfish guys (this is the example I use as a heterosexual male, but I’m certain it works in any way you choose to view it).
I’m asking some of the nice guys to step to the plate and become a good guy and a hero in your world. I’m asking the good girls to step to the plate and save the broken guys (the fallen nice guys) and be a heroine in your world.
If we can become healers, we can be heroes. Let’s heal the broken and lonely. There’s lots of work to do, so move. Now.