i have a quick story to start this one off…

tonight i saw that my trunk was open, we all forget to lock the car or accidentally hit the trunk button every once in a while, look outside at the trunk and go and close it at 3 in the morning.

it’s scary right?

that is always when the killers get you in movies, but i am not a damsel in distress, i am a grown man, but when i went out there, i felt like a scared little boy holding tightly onto his cape, that was my bravery…not ready to jump into action, but praying i didn’t have to even though i know i would.

it made me think about comics.

you see…i love comics, i always have, you probably do too, you get that tingle in the back of your head, that rush of adrenaline when you watch iron man or the dark knight and think of yourself in the suit, or with the cape, armor, sword and shield, ready for battle, flying high, indestructible.

but…we all forget so easily…

the heroes we read about are one in a million, in a billion, for a reason. they go out without the open trunk, without the car alarm, they look for the scary homeless man who stumbles out from behind the car and runs at you, red eyes, smelling of alcohol and urine, probably not even knowing his plan…

does he plan to rob you? rape you? kill you? attack you? knock you out and run inside your home? what is this crazy man’s plan that you have put yourself in jeopardy for?

but heroes…spider-man…superman…batman…even the tick. they run into these kinds of situation, they go into the dark alleys, they look around the city late at night waiting for crime to jump at them so it doesn’t jump at the lady who is late getting home from work, speeding home hoping that something bad doesn’t happen to her on the way, making it even worse when it actually does so she can feel stupid…like it’s all her fault.

that is amazing to me.

bravery is amazing to me, it makes me have a whole new appreciation for comics, even the superhero bullshit i have personally spoken badly of many times in the past, mostly because it belittles the bravery and the amazement these heroes once possessed, something i wish to bring back to popular culture, to modern day society’s attention…

the super part about being a super hero is just being a hero period, you can wear rubber gloves and a dollar store mask but if you go and take that risk so that someone else can be safe, you save that kid from being beaten up, that woman from being raped, that man from being robbed…you have made the difference, it is even more impressive in the fact that you stopped the criminal as well besides just accepting someone else’s fate, someone else’s fear…

…my girlfriend told me a story about 20 high school kids, teenagers, watching a girl get raped and then putting pictures of it on facebook, the homecoming queen…not one brave soul among them perhaps maybe the queen herself if she is still alive today, breathing after such an event…maybe the world needs super heroes.

maybe the world needs someone brave to wander around looking for afterparties that don’t go so well for one person, to stop the laughter, to stop the peer pressure, to stop the lifelong regret…

all it takes is one to start the revolution…2012 doesn’t need to be the end of the world but the end of the world as we know it, it can be the start of a new one, a better one…

every day people read superman, and people forget what that means. reading superman instills a silent set of ideals inside you, it makes you stupid enough in times of desperation to subconsciously think you wear the cape…and that’s something beautiful if you ask me…i want my kids to grow up wearing the invisible cape and beyond that…their friends, their peers and even their elders, to wear that cape…a world waiting for superman is a world where he isn’t needed…if everyone is looking for a wrong to right, then everyone is right…

i don’t know where it all comes from. i guess you just hear a word so much it loses meaning, it looks nice on a blog and you forget how important it is. you forget they give medals for it, medals to the dead for it. i think i am going to start trying to give everything the deeper analysis it deserves.

all we can do is try and that…
…is more than enough.

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