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originally posted by: RAY1990
a reply to: network dude
From my experience this doesn't exist outside of the media setting, I've yet to see it in real life.
Never have I ever feared keeping a door open for someone for instance, be it male or female or other. In fact it's usually well received. A thank you makes my day though but I've never ever gone fishing for thank you's.
I see the alternative and I've never liked it, my conscious plays a bigger role in such things... When I was 12 I watched an old lady slip on ice and I froze... Longest 30 seconds of my life, she was helped but it wasn't by me.
I could've been better, been more kind. I guess we all can at times.
Does The Hero even exist anymore?
originally posted by: valiant
Most of my Heroes/Heroine's are fictional, or long long dead. I guess that says a lot about today, or me maybe?
Certainly something to think about though!
I really do enjoy your threads zosimov, when it's so hard to come on ATS sometimes nowadays, Definitely my favourite thread maker, makes it worthwhile, so thank you!
I am a god
originally posted by: zosimov
While the demise of chivalry is casually bemoaned from time to time, few bother to mention that, along with knighly actions, the knights themselves have all but disappeared. Does The Hero even exist anymore? In the wake of the cynicism and horror of the 20th century, the apathy and self interest of the 21st, the notion and the appeal of the ideal man has all but been washed from our collective psyche. Our art, music, and literature reflects the abandonment of the ideal in favor of a blemished and faulty figure. And, after all, is this not the more realistic version of man: the mostly flawed hero who, despite and maybe because of his flaws, displays tremendous strength and beauty?
On the other hand, I would also posit that we have so degraded humanity in our psyche that we no longer strive to build cathedrals, compose symphonies, pen masterpieces; rather contenting ourselves with posting pictures on Snapchat, keeping abreast of and debating politics, measuring our success according to commodities accrued or debts paid. We have our modern day equivalent of the Greek Tragedy play itself out on our nightly news, but lacking in depth and catharsis. Greek tragedy imitated life, made it bigger and more beautiful in some ways, but also captured something of the awful beauty of life; our nightly programming is so horrific in that it trivializes real life tragedy through the screen, degrading it and emptying it of meaning. Then we further degrade the tragedy through thoughtless and casual discussion-- using other people’s deaths as fodder for our political stance.
Although our modern vision of man is, in a sense, absolutely a realistic vision of mankind, and although human frailty, error, and even the brutish nature of man is an indisputable aspect of our nature, without the Renaissance first, art like Francis Bacon’s, which depicts the everyday horror of the human condition,
Left: Study for a portrait, 1952
Center: Study after Veláquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X (1953)
Right: Three Studies of George Dyer'(detail)| Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
would be impossible-to-stomach. We need this
to fall back on.
I think it’s time to bring back the hero, to remind each of us that humanity has and continues to achieve excellence and beauty through actions, words, and deeds. What are your thoughts on the subject of the modern hero?