HEROES, IMAGINATION OR EXISTENCE?
Heroes are a product of a society's perception of someone to be praised and
adored. The definition of a hero is dependent on that society's beliefs, laws and taboos.
There are heroes for all ages, and for both men and women. Heroes have had changing
roles since man wrote his story, and all have been the embodiment of each society, each
civilization's ideals. The 1990's child sick with visions of hoop dreams, is largely affected
by basketball superstar, Michael Jordan. He inspires the young depraved ghetto child to
rise up against his unfortunate circumstances. Nevertheless their many noteworthy
qualities, all heroes possess faults because they are human and all humans possess failings,
because heroes begin to fold and make mistakes as they are suddenly thrust into the awe
inspired limelight, and because their pedestals are broken and disgarded as the public
craves to see the dirt underneath the man.
Failings in heroes are only natural, they are human and all humans possess faults.
All human beings are born and die with character traits, which can be, at the most basic
level, perceived as being helpful or as being harmful, depending on the character's
viewpoint. People are regularly regarded as having traits ranging from the most trivial as
being a perfectionist, to the most weighty, such as being a coward. These traits form the
basis of human personality and define the individual's personal nature. Montreal teen
gangs beat, rape and steal all the while embracing courage, bravery and wisdom as they
remarkably shun cowardice and stupidity. Ideal heroes are perceived differently in
different periods of history. In Chaucer's Prologue of the Canterbury Tales a worthy man
is described. He is a chivalrous knight who prided himself on his own personal truth,
honor, freedom, and courtesy. Chaucer's view of a hero is one who is without fault, truly
the epitome of goodness.
Heroes are under severe stress and live a life of duress and begin to commit errors
as the level of pressure begins to catapult. Heroes are continuously placed under pressure
by all who surround them, convinced that the object of their attention can not fail under
any circumstances. They grow self-centered and absolute followers of themselves and
except the same undeserved treatment from others. As Beowulf often takes pride in his
work, proclaiming that he slew Grendel, that he rescued the damsel in distress, without the
help needed, or offered from any persons. It is this need to see their idols, their heroes
unmasked that leaves the public to destroy their own heroes.
Public figures, heroes and idols are living a life of bitter pain as the masses greedily
pleasure their body and mind while tearing them down off their rightful pedestals. All
heroes and idols from across the globe have to contend with it, from the Dali Lama to
Pricess Di. In Chaucer's world, with the post of clergyman comes the unimaginable
pressure to do good deeds and to never become corrupted. This is quite difficult as best
as Chaucer describes the corruption of the priesthood. It was wrong then and it is wrong
now. It is extremely comparable to our present-day corruption in the state as power
hungry materialistic politicians perform deals under the table for their own selfish
Heroes become more and more the personal perception of an individual. In
Chaucer's Prologue, the knight is the common definition of a hero, but he is not the only
one. Every individual in our known world has a different definition of a hero, and it is
only through that personal realization that a true personal hero may emerge. Young
children mature in a world where they are placed in front of the idiot box and begin to
view the world from a perverted and very different perspective to the generation before
them, rendering them to view people with perverted ideals. They have different methods
of reasoning that lead to the changing roles of heroes within the human race. The masses,
the majority, are perversions of individual flaws and exponentially multiply the hateful,
perverted sentiments that all humanity possesses in varying degrees. Heroes and idols are
thrown on the marble floor, smashed and broken like pieces of a jade buddah.