Heroes Never Wore a Mask
Although there are a few Marvel characters that donned the mask in order to hide their true identities, from their girlfriends, usually – the real heroes of this world go without one. You see, heroes are fighting for something. Whether you believe in their fight or not, they face the battle head-on, with their identities out there for the world to see.
It is impossible to ever say that this world will not see another war. Everyone seems to want to fight for something, even though most of the ‘causes’ have grown meek. Greed, the wish for power, the belief that they are gods, the fight to be the industry’s best by going back to the times of robber barons…these are ‘causes’ that mean nothing and are only single pursuits that, by the way, fail.
Generation after generation has faced their enemies. We all know this. The uniforms changed, bringing forth a new rival that the opposite “side” could discern as the enemy. Take it back to the beginning of time, or before, when medieval men fought or when men in tunics followed Caesar. Yes, back then there were men who believed they were gods, as well – living on top of an acropolis surrounded by gold statues that depicted names, such as, Athena or Zeus. Oddly enough, however, they still did not cover their faces. Knights on horseback did, although they used the masks as armor, and always made sure that their enemy knew who they were battling.
Who knew generations would grow so angry that mere children would walk into grade schools with guns and shoot their friends? Some even then commit suicide. Children. In the recent past, grandparents who worried about their grandchildren being able to succeed in life, now fear if they will live long enough to succeed.
Politics certainly brings about battles. Debates, whether idiotic or intelligent, are held all the time. They debate to tell you what you either want to hear in order for them to take a chair of power, or tell you what they truly believe whether you like it or not, because they wish to change the world – for right or for wrong. Yet they wear no masks. Only silly smiles that humans can see through, if they would just look hard enough.
No one should have a gun set in their hands that has no understanding of what it does or the pain it can cause. “Rights” are fought for, without the end result being taken into account. And now, whether you wish to take 9/11, or the Paris tragedy from this past week, or a myriad of other horrors – masks were worn.
In someone’s mind they may be “following” others that fight for something important. Perhaps they are the “leaders” of those others telling them the fight is worth their lives and the lives of innocent others. And do not even claim these people who die are not innocent. When someone is going to work, or sitting at a concert, or having a meal with their children – they are innocent. When someone comes along and starts shooting, those victims remain innocent. They are not in positions of power that harm anyone else. They are people, families, children who really do wish to live to see themselves succeed.
This is not a political statement; it’s a belief, a question, a confusion, a need to understand why the world is doing what it’s doing. Nothing changes with these actions. Only body counts rise. So, why? What are you proving?
A true hero will never wear a mask. A cover does not show strength, power, and it certainly shows no courage whatsoever. It shows only that you are a coward.