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    A thread for people to post about their heroes or what is heroic.

    Some of mine:

    Eric Fromm, I kind of think he's a big deal, really like his theories and perspective on life. An atheist but so different from what most people understand by that, including atheists themselves for the most part.

    Orwell, I've probably read everything he ever wrote, most people are only familiar with his CIA or MI6 sponsored material. He was a more complex character than that, Winston Smith IS meant to be Orwell, he imagined himself a wimp who betrays himself in the final instance. His highly conflicted affiliation to socialism is more interesting than any of his novels.

    Judge Dredd, last of the "hero cops", possibly Stallone's Cobra is in the same category and they'll only make any sense as heroes to anyone who grew up in the eighties before the on set of "libertarian chic" or "anti-authoritarian cool".

    Jesus! He tha man! Here he is depicted riding a dinosaur because the question really should be "What wouldnt Jesus do?"

    God. Jesus +

    That's it for now, I'll keep thinking of more. Or more things to say about the ones I mentioned, I dont know. I'm looking forward to hearing other peoples and how recent or old they are.
    Last edited by Survive & Stay Free; 11-01-2011 at 03:33 PM.

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    Senior Member FunnyDigestion's Avatar
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    All my formative heroes were artists (Frank Zappa, Thomas Pynchon, Bob Dylan being the main 3 yeah I'm old school), but I've encountered lots of people in my own life who struck me as heroic, & who I try to take lessons from... just everyday virtuous, outstanding people you can count on when shit "gets real."
    "Man is free, but his freedom ceases when he has no faith in it."

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    Lay the coin on my tongue SilkRoad's Avatar
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    @Lark: Who is the first guy in your post, the atheist? I'm sure I should know who he is but don't recognise him...

    I love heroes! Some of mine are (and these are both real and fictional, flawed and not so flawed):

    Jesus Christ
    Maximus (Gladiator)
    King David
    Robin Hood (except I don't encourage stealing, even from the rich to give to the poor, but he's still awesome)
    George Orwell
    Scott of the Antarctic (mixed feelings though. There is an argument that he was very heroic but there is also an argument that he made stupid decisions about of pride which cost not only his life, but those of his men.)
    Ernest Shackleton - definite hero. Yes, he made some mistakes, but his journey in the James Caird was unbelievable AND he saved all his men.
    William Tyndale - translator of the Bible, dedicated his life to it and eventually murdered by the church. I totally love this guy.

    There are others but those are some of the main ones who come to mind. I certainly also know people IRL whose actions and approach to life have in one way or another been very heroic.

    Romantically I am also VERY attracted to hero types. If they're not macho idiots, that is. And if they are truly heroic, not just putting on a front to hide insecurity. Still looking!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SilkRoad View Post
    @Lark: Who is the first guy in your post, the atheist? I'm sure I should know who he is but don't recognise him...
    It was Eric Fromm, I had written that but some how it got deleted so I've edited it :p

    I like Robin Hood too, I've got to admit that its because of the redistribution angle, I dont remember him for being a saxon nationalist or anti-clerical rebel or any of the other guises bequethed to him by historians and novelists.

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    My heroes, in no particular order:

    the planet Saturn
    bunnies everywhere
    the Easter Bunny
    Georgia O'Keefe
    Joyce Carol Oates
    whale sharks
    the color silver
    My mom
    anyone who has ever been told they can't do something and did it anyways
    Terry Pratchett
    starlight, even though it has travelled so very, very far, it still gives us a tiny slice of light
    the inventor of cheesecake
    Frank Lloyd Wright

    when i think of more i shall add to this list

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    Senior Member Wanderer's Avatar
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    Sir Thomas More: If anyone here hasn't read the play "A Man For All Seasons" by Robert Bolt, you really should
    The Operative: From the Movie "Serenity" which was the finale to the epic western-themed-scifi-series "Firefly"
    The Viking at Stamford Bridge:
    Lelouch vi Brittania: The protagonist of Code Geass
    Juann Mann: Founder of the "Free Hugs" campaign
    Eddard Stark: from George R. R. Martin's "A Game of Thrones" - part of his "A Song of Ice and Fire" series.

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    Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin & Hobbes. Profound yet unpretentious. Passed on a lot of money in favor of not plastering his art on shirts, mugs, and stickers (the utterly stupid ones of Calvin urinating are unlicensed). I'm inspired by his integrity. What can I say? My heroes have always been recluses.

    Know what's weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change. But pretty soon, everything's different.
    Bill Watterson
    The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men
    Gang aft agley
    -Robert Burns

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    In no particular order:
    my 'rents
    Richard Feynman
    The Doctor (Doctor Who)
    Douglas Adams
    Terry Pratchett
    Neil Gaiman
    Drizzt do'Urden
    River Tam (Firefly + Serenity)
    Simon Tam (Firefly + Serenity)
    House (House MD)
    Sun Tzu

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    kerry hill, architect
    every normal man must be tempted, at times,
    to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag,
    and begin slitting throats.
    h.l. mencken

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