“Can Good Be Good, For Goodness Sake?”
Okay, I’m from the long johns era of heroes – Batman, Superman, Spiderman, and many, many more. When these folks get together it like an adult pajama party with folks substituting rays, beams, and clever projectiles, for pillows and stuffed animals.
And I get it that the rules, morals, and media of the times prior influenced my childhood street time. World War II, the “A” bomb, Korea and Viet Nam blanketed our psychic. I get it.
But I have to ask … these days – What’s wrong with a hero who is just that – a hero? True we all carry baggage. We have feet of clay, and some of us sport dark family secrets. Still, it just seems that with all that heavy stuff to wrestle with in real life, why must it permeate my entertainment too?
The other day I read about a cop who saved a baby’s life by giving it CPR. The article said this was not his first unselfish … “heroic” act. Twice in his career he’d pulled people from burning buildings.
Yes, it’s his job. But it’s the Bat’s job too – and the Flash, and Wonder Woman.
Like most things literary (or some other form of media) society does influence the content. So, as I look at MANY of the comics coming out, should I assume/accept that they are dark in spirit, because we are?
A few days before I read that story about the policeman, I came across a news piece about a dog that leaped in front of a speeding motorcycle to protect the life of it’s owner’s 11 year-old daughter. The girl was bruised but fine. The spokes of the motorcycle’s front wheel severed the dog’s upper muzzle. The dog lived.
A police officer in Chicago, a dog in the Philippines, and a teenager in Colorado … heroes all.
Not everyone’s heart and spirit is cold and dark. It sure would be nice to see that reflected more often.
Might make it easier for some of us to make better choices.
It just might.