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
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
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 woman, or man, 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.)
concept of reality as a never ending
conflict between the Forces
of Darkness and the Forces of Light was first shared by the prophet
Hebrews folded into the synthesized religion of Christianity the battle between
Ahura Mazda, Order, and
thought good and evil is relative to your position.
When one moves out
of the transcendent, one comes into a field of
One has eaten of the
tree of knowledge, not only of good and
but of male and
right and wrong, and of
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
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
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
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.
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 protecting
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
"The misuse, overuse and cynical manipulation of
the word "hero" exemplifies the erosion of the use of language that dumbs down
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
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
ordinary individual distinguished by exceptional courage and/or ability,
brave deeds and
a seemingly ordinary
individual who finds the strength to
persevere in spite of
the overwhelming obstacles placed in the way
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
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
late 14c., "man of superhuman strength or physical courage,"
from Latin heros "hero," from Greek heros "demi-god" (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.
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
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
hero worshipvenerate an
foolish and excessive adulation of an
unquestioningly and uncritically adoration to
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 ?
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
For an individual to become the hero they wish to be all one has
to do is mimic the model one wants to
People do this all the time,
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
"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
WeissJessica Dawn Lynch was a hero but not in the way
she was portrayed in the media.
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
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
spinmeisters claimed. The "daring"
rescue was a carefully planned and executed script made for
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
Jessica Dawn Lynch is a hero because she "spoke the truth to
"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." -
"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
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
amounted to a crime, according to documents obtained by the
"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
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
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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