MMankind looks to heros or heroines as humankind strives to emulate those humans that are seen as successfully navigating the trials and	tribulations of living. Myths about heros and heroines basically are metaphorical pointing men and women in a direction which, once taken, will	result in true spiritual growth.

Tomothy Leary

Chinese charater for myth

myth : hero

Chinese charater for hero

A hero is defined as one who exhibits extraordinary courage,
fortitude or greatness of soul.

A Narrative Therapy with Men

Superheroes of today are 'bad role models'

Journey From the Psychology of Evil to the Psychology of Heroism

The hero personality module, one of the major personality archetypes, is very important for the psyche, especially a traumatized psyche. To engage in a task that seems impossible to succeed at the psyche must enter into an mode of thinking alien to survival needs - into the hero personality module allowing a mere mortal man to accomplish amazing feats beyond those of or equivalent to demi-gods.

The hero is the one who comes to participate in life courageously and decently in a natural and honorable way.

Heros, in the myths of old, were greater than mere mortal men or women.

The hero typically was considered to be the offspring of the mating of a god or goddess with a mortal woman or man.

The hero, being a son or daughter of the gods, wears a mantle greater than that of any mere mortal.

The hero, a carrier of godly power beyond the reach of mortal men, travels the connection between Heaven and Earth becoming an Avatar of the Divine.

The hero's sphere of action is in the field of time, in the moment here and now in a sharply defined dual reality - a duality - broken sharply into pairs of opposites - good and evil; light and dark; man and woman; rich and poor.

Although the hero acts in the present he, or she, is able to draw on a power from outside the visible world that no mortal possess'.

Celtic heros were recognized when they fell into a berserker frenzy (ferg) in which they operated in the red haze of angerly boiling blood.

When Cuchulainn returned from his first expedition fifty naked maidens were sent to meet him, they seized him and submerged in in tubs of water the first of which shattered the second of which boiled over and the third of which was left heated.

(The link between the word for the heat generated by a warrior under the spell of ferg and its homophone which is applied to sexual excitement.)

The concept of reality as a never ending conflict between the dark force of Chaos and the light force of Order was first shared by the prophet Zoroaster.

Roman Bishops under Alexander of Alexandria folded into the synthesized religion of Christianity the battle between Ahura Mazda, Order, and Angra Mainyu, Chaos, to fulfill the needs of Emperor Constantine which included conversion of the Roman Legions, followers of the Mithras Mysteries and Jupiter Optimus Maximus Soter, into the Pauline Christian followers of Christ and the Roman Bishops under Alexander of Alexandria for Emperor Constantine.

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In Eastern thought good and evil is relative to your position.

When one moves out of the transcendent, one comes into a field of opposites.

One has eaten of the Tree of Knowledge, not only of good and evil,
but of male and female, of right and wrong, and of light and dark.

Innocence is lost.

Communion with the Creator is suspended.

The rational mind ceaselessly searches.

Strolling down the library aisles and shifting through the rational knowledge filed away in the Akashic Records for engineered solutions to unsolvable dilemmas.

Everything in the field of time is judged on multiple levels in a dualistic manner by the rational mind - past and future, dead and alive, being and nonbeing - which then paints an image of the object or event placed in time within the frame of the perceiver's perspective.

The base biological pair of every human subconscious duality is male and female.

One may be preeminent or they may be represented in a more balanced nature.

In Chinese thought this is represented by .

The male subconscious may be called upon to do the heros task of undertaking a heroic journey of going out into the world, engaging the world, bringing home sustenance and protecting the hearth.

The female subconscious may be called upon to do the heros task of undertaking a heroic journey of bearing and nurturing offspring, ordering the hearth, cultivating sustenance and keeping the home fire burning.

Or the human subconscious duality may take a dark sinister sexualized militarized form that vacillates between the realms of self-focused Eros and projected Thanatos of a collapsing moral order.

"The misuse, overuse and cynical manipulation of the word "hero" exemplifies the erosion of the use of language that dumbs down a media-saturated, news-as-entertainment spoon-fed public with "anyone can be hero." How sad the acceptance of an inappropriate usage can be so readily embraced by a feel-good-at-any-price populace." - William Comelately

"The knowledge that heroic deeds are recorded and revered encourages acts of bravery and self-sacrifice that otherwise run contrary to the individual sense of self-preservation." - John D. Barrow

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hero defined

principal male character in a myth, a book, a play, a movie, etc

a seemingly ordinary individual possessing superior skills in any field of endeavor

a seemingly ordinary individual distinguished by exceptional courage and/or ability, brave deeds and noble qualities

a seemingly ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere in spite of the overwhelming obstacles placed in the way

a seemingly ordinary individual who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal - may descend into hero worship

Hero, a Greek mathematician, developed a formula for determining the area of a triangle, wrote on mechanics and invented many water-driven and steam-driven machines.

Hero is the the New York term for a sandwich elsewhere called submarine, grinder, poor boy (New Orleans), or hoagie (Philadelphia) - marketing device for a Greek gyro type of sandwich.

late 14c., "man of superhuman strength or physical courage," from Latin heros "hero," from Greek heros "demigod" (a variant singular of which was heroe), originally "defender, protector," from PIE root *ser- "to watch over, protect" (cf. Latin servare "to save, deliver, preserve, protect;" see observe). Meaning "man who exhibits great bravery" in any course of action is from 1660s. Sense of "chief male character in a play, story, etc." first recorded 1690s. First record of hero-worship is from 1774.

1540s, shortened from heroical (early 15c.), also heroycus "noble, magnanimous," from Latin heroicus "of a hero, heroic, mythical," from Greek heroikos "pertaining to heroes," from heros (see hero (1)). Earlier was heroical (early 15c.). The Heroic Age in Greece was the time before the return of the armies from the fall of Troy. 1590s, "heroic verse". Meaning "deeds worthy of a hero" attested by 1831.

1650s, from Latin heroine, heroina (plural heroinae) "a female hero, a demigoddess" (e.g. Medea), from Greek heroine, fem. of hero. As "principal female character" in a drama or poem, from 1715.

1898, from German Heroin, (Hero-in) coined 1898 as trademark registered by Friedrich Bayer & Co. for their opium substitute, traditionally from Greek heros because of the euphoric feeling the drug provides. "A new hypnotic, to which the name of "heroin" has been given, has been tried in the medical clinic of Professor Gerhardt in Berlin." - The Lancet, Dec. 3, 1898

hero (of the underworld) definition:

n. heroin. : Don says he knows the hero of the underworld well.

hero's journey

The Heroic Journey

hero architype

hero worship

venerate an idol

foolish and excessive adulation of an individual

unquestioningly and uncritically adoration to excess

Hero worship comes naturally to sprites (children) in the land of giants (adults). All mammals learn from mimicking their peers. People mimic the traits of those that they venerate. Need I say more ?


Every hero's journey requires the overcoming of obstacles.

Obstacles may be external or they may be internal but in most cases they involve both elements.

Although obstacles may be either internal or external the tale of the hero's journey, related in a metaphoric allegorical mode of the myth, uses external obstacles to speak of internal obstacles that every individual must face in the Journey of Life.

The hero's journey involves a transition through time that changes the hero's personality by tempering the hero or heroine's Soul in the Fires of Life.

For an individual to become the hero they wish to be all one has to do is mimic the model one wants to become.

People do this all the time, consciously or subconsciously, with possibly the best example being how chidren mimic the actions they see portrayed on the black magic flat screen.

"Hero worship has existed "forever"... it seems that humans have a need to worship someone or something "greater than" themselves. Whether we choose to worship an external God figure (like a saint), or a hero figure from a comic strip or movie, or the movie stars themselves, the concept is the same. We look up to someone else, someone other than ourselves, as "better than us" or "higher" than we are in our esteem and opinion." - Marie T. Russell

"I believe that for a lot of these folks, the urge to help is solely an ego driven need to be hero worshiped. The true hero works without fanfare. The true hero does not parade 364 days of the year in T-shirts indicating their exalted status as firefighters or members of a search and rescue team. Hero worship runs rampant in this country. These folks deserve our thanks for doing what they do, but let's stop fooling ourselves about the reasons why many of them do it." - Emmanuel Marcos

American hero

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American heroes

Hearing on Tillman, Lynch Incidents: Jessica Lynch's Opening

"I have long felt that the term "hero" has become victim of the tendency by politicians to create jingoistic phrases that play well with the public. I was a reserve police officer for 20 years and never felt that just showing up for a work shift was a heroic act." - Cliff Weiss

Jessica Dawn Lynch was a hero but not in the way she was portrayed in the media.

"To the thousands who wrote letters, sent teddy bears and flowers and handmade quilts, to the millions who prayed for her safety, Lynch is an archetypal American soldier, a symbol of courage under fire. "She was fighting to the death," an anonymous source told the Washington Post, in an account of her capture and dramatic rescue that seemed more like a movie pitch than a news story. "She did not want to be taken alive." It was all so well timed, such an emotional turning point, that questions began to rise: How had her unit got lost in the first place? Had she actually fired her weapon or been shot herself? Was it was really such a daring rescue if there was no one guarding her anymore by the time the commandos whisked her out? Before long, she had become a symbol for war critics of many of their complaints: bad information and worse planning; soldiers insufficiently trained or ill equipped for the mission they confronted; a Pentagon willing to stretch the truth to boost morale. One BBC report dismissed the rescue operation as "one of the most stunning pieces of news management ever conceived." And so the uncertainty fluttered around her: Was she a hero, or a pawn?" - Nancy Gibbs

Jessica Dawn Lynch was a hero but not in the way she was portrayed in the media.

Jessica Dawn Lynch never fired a shot because her rifle jammed with sand and having a broken back makes it a little hard to fight. She was not shot or stabbed as the Pentagon spinmeisters claimed. The "daring" rescue was a carefully planned and executed script made for Talmudwood, "reality television," which came just at the right time to deflect criticism of the mistakes made in the "awe and shock" campaign of aggression against the Iraqis.

Jessica Dawn Lynch is a hero because she "spoke the truth to power."

"Jessica Lynch became an icon of the war. An all-American heroine, the story of her capture by the Iraqis and her rescue by US special forces became one of the great patriotic moments of the conflict. Her rescue will go down as one of the most stunning pieces of news creation yet conceived. It provides a remarkable insight into the real influence of Talmudwood producers on the Pentagon's media managers, and has produced a template from which America hopes to present its future wars." - John Kampfner

"The American people are capable of determining their own ideals for heroes, and they don't need to be told elaborate lies. I had the good fortune to come home and to tell the truth." - Jessica Lynch

"The Pat Tillman incident, where the Pentagon deliberately misled reporters about the circumstances of his death, was certainly a foreboding example of the Pentagon's disrespect for journalism. This is to say nothing of the outright lies regarding Jessica Lynch." - Eric Alterman and George Zornick

Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Patrick Daniel Tillman's forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former NFL player's death amounted to a crime, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press.

"The medical evidence did not match up with the scenario as described," a doctor who examined Tillman's body after he was killed on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2004 told investigators.
The medical examiners' suspicions were outlined in 2,300 pages of testimony released to the AP this week by the Defense Department in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. Among other information contained in the documents:

-- Army attorneys sent each other congratulatory e-mails for keeping criminal investigators at bay as the Army conducted an internal friendly-fire investigation that resulted in administrative, or non-criminal, punishments.

-- The three-star general who kept the truth about Tillman's death from his family and the public told investigators some 70 times that he had a bad memory and couldn't recall details of his actions.

-- No evidence at all of enemy fire was found at the scene - no one was hit by enemy fire, nor was any government equipment struck. The documents show that a doctor who autopsied Tillman's body was suspicious of the three gunshot wounds to the forehead. The doctor said he took the unusual step of calling the Army's Human Resources Command and was rebuffed. He then asked an official at the Army's Criminal Investigation Division if the CID would consider opening a criminal case. Investigators also asked soldiers and commanders whether Tillman was disliked, whether anyone was jealous of his celebrity, or if he was considered arrogant. They said Tillman was respected, admired and well-liked.

The last soldier to see Army Ranger Patrick Daniel Tillman alive, Spc. Bryan O'Neal, told lawmakers that he was warned by superiors not to divulge - especially to the Tillman family - that a fellow soldier killed Patrick Daniel Tillman who was shot three times in the head by a member of his platoon - fratricide.

Patrick Daniel Tillman was shot by a US Navy Mark 12 Mod X Special Purpose Rifle from approximately 10 yards away. A Ranger sniper fired the three single shots that formed the shot group on Patrick Daniel Tillman's forehead.

No enemy forces were engaged. The Pentagon deliberately lied as it looked bad that the professional football player died needlessly - especially after the Pentagon made such a big deal about a professional football player giving up his career to serve in the military in a war of aggression.

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MMankind looks to heros or heroines as humankind strives to emulate those humans that are seen as successfully navigating the trials and	tribulations of living. Myths about heros and heroines basically are metaphorical pointing men and women in a direction which, once taken, will	result in true spiritual growth.

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