Okay I was supposed to write up this post earlier during the week in honour of Children’s Day and Children’s Rights Week but I procrastinated. We’re supposed to reminisce about our childhood cartoon heroes as a form of demonstration that we care about the little ones. Anywhoo, while planning this post, I started thinking of that word alot.
What makes a hero?
I don’t have a favourite cartoon because I love cartoons in general. But if, gun-to-my-head, I HAD to choose, my all-time favourite cartoon super-hero would have to be
The Little Mermaid Spiderman.
Reason #1: His story is by-far the most interesting. I’m comparing this to one orphaned-womanizing-philanthropist-with-weird-bat-fetishes.
Reason #2: He has the BEST designed and most rational costume. Some super-hero’s think wearing underwear on the outside and just taking off his glasses is enough to protect his identity. Yeah, I’m looking at you, Superman. And btw how incredible is it when The Hulk gets angry, every item of clothing on his body tears except the part from his waist to his thighs?! O_O
Reason #3: Wicked tagline before saving the day: “My spidey senses are tingling.”
- The Incredible Hulk: HULK SMASH!
- The Thing: It’s clobberin’ time!
- Human Torch: Flame on!
- Superman: Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Superman!
A line which by the time is said, the building would have collapsed unto the bus load of children dumping them into the sewer-rat infested waters killing them all.
- Batman: I’m Batman.
Reason #4: Fantastic super-powers. You can’t beat shooting cobweb’s out of your wrists, supernatural strength and 20/20 eyesight. You just can’t.
I love the idea of super-heroes. There’s just such a sweet sense of hope. When a burglar has a knife to your throat, or a bank is being robbed or an old lady is being cornered by health-insurance agents, you just KNOW your superhero will be there to save the day. And a part of me felt really sad super-heroes like that only existed in a writer’s imagination.
Then last Thursday I had the privilege of attending my father’s grand opening ceremony of his second laboratory and as I heard him give his speech about making medical tests for the general public more affordable, I remembered thinking to myself, “22 years later and he’s still my favourite super-hero.”
Every search for a hero must begin with something every hero requires- a villain.
Dr. Nekhorvich. Mission Impossible II.
This world is full of ugly green goblins and sick jokers. But this so-called dead world is also full of superheroes hell-bent on not going out without a fight. It’s not what they wear and it’s not their famous taglines, and it’s definitely not for the fame of greatness.
Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave- just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Where have all the good men gone
And where are all the gods?
Where’s the street-wise Hercules
To fight the rising odds?
Isn’t there a white knight upon a fiery steed?
FrouFrou- Holding out for a Hero
But I see good men. I see super-heroes. And I don’t see just a few of them. I see them taking more than one for the team. I see them at the front lines of war. I see them setting up for church at 6 AM for service. I see them driving people who have no transport late at night. I see them giving a hug to someone who needs encouragement. I see them baking a cake for the new neighbours. I see them standing up in protest against injustice and immorality even if it means going to jail.
True fact: None of them were bitten by radioactive spiders. Shocking.
I love the idea of super-heroes. And I love that I live in a world full of them.
Someone told me ‘Love would all save us.”
Happy childrens day 😀 Love the little children coz they’ll grow up to be like the heroes around them.
Thinking of: How awesome the movie Rapunzel was, Spiderman, cute&sweet dispatch guys, and how with great power comes great responsibility.