Some Time On Earth (Or Something Like Earth)

Wednesday, July 27, 2005


Whatever happened to true heroics, not people being celebrated as heroes who really aren't heroic at all - not talking about such pretenders like rock stars and media celebrities but policemen, firemen, schoolteachers - admittedly all incredibly tough thankless jobs - but they are JOBS, nonetheless, and being heroic is nowhere in any of their job descriptions. You have to be strong, resourceful, quick of the mind, dedicated, honest, but heroic - nope, ain't there.
The idea of hero has been diluted so much, we invented the superhero, because the hero accolade has become so common. Now the term superhero is started to become a tad watered down.

What's a real HERO to do?
And what IS a real HERO anyway?

  • a man distinguished by exceptional courage and nobility and strength; "RAF pilots were the heroes of the Battle of Britain"
  • the principal character in a play or movie or novel or poem
  • champion: someone who fights for a cause
  • Greek mathematician and inventor who devised a way to determine the area of a triangle and who described various mechanical devices (first century)
  • (classical mythology) a being of great strength and courage celebrated for bold exploits; often the offspring of a mortal and a god
  • (Greek mythology) priestess of Aphrodite who killed herself when her lover Leander drowned while trying to swim the Hellespont to see her
  • bomber: a large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States


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