Do Americans want a Hero?
When I was growing up, The Lone Ranger, Superman and Robin Hood were all on television. Daily doses of heroism and the good guy doing the right thing. Everyone know who was good and who was bad, and ultimately who would win in the end.
The lone Ranger traveled across the west to ensure justice was meted out in the wilds of the American frontier.
Superman fought for “Truth, Justice and the American way”.
Robin Hood fought for the oppressed and poor people.
All the kids wanted to be just like them, doing the right thing, to help the poor and those who could not help themselves.
Even the Scouting program shared the same ideals. “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”
On MY Honor, a value that was shared by many, a personal stake in my value as a person to myself. Do my BEST, trying but not always succeeding, but the effort was worth the personal pride in a job well done. My DUTY, my responsibility to myself and to God and my country, a standard of personal Honor.” It concludes with a promise to help others and a moral commitment to myself.
A man's word meant something, to himself if not to others, it was a matter of personal pride. His word was more binding than a legal contract. It was a Christian value as well as an American Value.
Have we as a nation lost this value?
“We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.” —C.S. Lewis – from the “Abolition of Man” 1943.
Who are the Idols and Heroes of today's society?
Gangsters, drug users, Hip-Hop artists, social media personalities, movie stars, and sports players. Every kid wants to grow up to be just like them. Self centered egotists who have lots of money and no regard for others. If they haven't been to jail, they have no credibility. They make millions for themselves and they think they have it all figured out. They have lawyers and media consultants to make sure their word has no meaning or value, and that they can not be held accountable for their actions and words.
The Modern day hero is the Joker from Batman, now the guy who fought evil is evil himself, and the murderous madman is a misunderstood victim of society's cruel bullying.
NOT MY FAULT! They are picking on me.
Superman turned against all he stood for and became a “Social Justice Warrior” abandoning all the good in American Society to embrace the fallacy of socialism as a “Citizen of the world”.
NOT MY FAULT! The world is Racist!
Thor the god of thunder became a politicly correct woman, I am waiting for Wonder Woman to become transgendered and Wonder Man.
NOT MY FAULT! The world hates nonbinary people.
We no longer look to heroes we want to emulate, but to the oppressor who is holding us down. We want a scapegoat to blame our failures on. We lack the willingness to make a sacrifice to succeed, it is easier to blame someone else for our faults. Yet we are the ones holding ourselves back, we are the ones to blame for our failures. As long as we are willing to blame someone else we will never make the effort to strive to achieve something better; why should we “The Man is holding us back”. The man holding you back is the one in the mirror.
“We have met the enemy and he is us!” -Walt Kelly -Pogo Possum.
Just my thoughts for today.