Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Heroes

In the first half of the Twentieth Century, comic books were big. The stars of these ranged from simple kids to detectives to superheroes. The era of Superman and Spiderman was in a world recovering from one or two world wars. Fantasy stories about super-human characters coming to the rescue of needy civilians captured imaginations of young boys.

After this followed a period of disillusionment. Vietnam, drug culture, complacency, and the degradation of society tore away the imaginations and hope of the people. Super heroes went out of style. No one could relate to the heroes or the victims. They were too selfish to be taking care of other people's problems, however desperate. As people in need they were taught to be independent and self-sufficient.

So we find ourselves in a world where we are swinging from that low. Our imaginations now, however, are captured and fulfilled by a story of simple heroes. Men like us, with our abilities, but with a discipline, integrity, and vision to change the world. Batman, a guy with weaknesses who makes mistakes, is the kind of hero who inspires. Heroes are so rare in this world now - almost as rare as the superheroes in the war-familiar world.

But don't get me wrong; I still think Spiderman is the best!

To God be all glory.

4 comments:

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

I'm not a Spiderman or Batman fan, but I have to admit...I love the concept of superheroes, as anyone who pays attention to my Lego creations knows well. ;-D

BTW, have you ever seen them?

Lisa of Longbourn said...

Have I ever seen Batman? I saw him at Six Flags once; wasn't impressed. He's just not the same without Christian Bale's eyes.

Spiderman isn't real, thank goodness. It would be horrible for a spider to be able to affect you like that.

And if you meant by 'them' your Lego creations, I've looked over a couple of them.

When I was little and played with Legos, there were whole sagas imagined in my head that I could pick back up when I pulled off the lid. Then the little lego-man faces weren't so horribly fake. My imagination is a little out of practice, though.

To God be all glory,
Lisa of Longbourn

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

Ah yes, I meant the Legos. My superhero ones to be specific....

And you're right. Getting injected with spider venom wouldn't turn you into a super human. If it was that potent, it'd likely just kill you. After all, it's venom. That's what it's supposed to do!

Thanks. ;-)

ZJRamsli said...

I would definitely say that Batman is the best of all comic book heroes. Faramir and Jefferson Smith are my favorite movie heroes.
Sadly it is very difficult to think of good examples of modern day real life heroes.