“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.

KCC’ Capt KC and the Sci-Tech Heroes Team

About SimmonsHereAndNow

Alex Simmons is an award-winning freelance writer, comic book creator, playwright, teaching artist, and educational consultant. He’s written for Disney Books, Penguin Press, Simon and Schuster, DC Comics, and Archie Comics. Simmons is the creator of the acclaimed adventure comic book series, Blackjack. As a teaching artist Simmons has created and taught creative arts workshops for students and educators in the US, Europe, West Indies, and Africa. Simmons has served on panels, and delivered lectures on children’s entertainment mediums, as well as empowering young people through the arts. Simmons founded the annual family event, Kids Comic Con, as well as three comic arts exhibits, which have traveled abroad. He is currently developing a comics and creative arts program for children all over the world. For over 30 years, Simmons has been a member of arts and education boards for the New York State Alliance for Arts Education, the Department for Cultural Affairs, and is on the State Department Speakers Program. As a teaching artist Simmons has been paid to have fun working with youth through the Apollo Theater In-School Arts Program, Henkel McCoy, Upward Bound, New York Council on the Arts, Children’s Art Carnival, Wings Academy, and NYU Creative Arts Team, to name a few. He has been a panelist at many literacy and arts events, and he has been a guest speaker at numerous colleges and educational institutions here and abroad.
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