What is a Hero?
You don’t have a clue.
Marketing is such and advanced science that it has changed the meanings of many of the most powerful words in the English language. Those words that have the power to create a revolution have been dulled down to meaningless expressions. Those words that make the capitalists more powerful, and those concerned for society more weak, have been made uber-important.
Cases in point of a negative phrase becoming powerful and a powerful word becoming meaningless….
Job Creator: A job creator is someone who is fortunate enough to have a business opportunity in which adding human resources will result in more earnings for their bank account. To give any credit to a “job creator” for creating jobs is like giving credit to a thug for selling crack on the streets. The only difference is the legality. Both are creating jobs for the same reason….their own wealth. But after a year of constant marketing, Fox news has created a mythology around those who hire help to increase their bank accounts. Our goal as a society is to move past the concept of a “job” and onto a concept of a “more perfect union”. Jobs are paid servants. Those who create jobs have paid servants. Why are you glorifying them?
Hero: Someone who consciously makes a choice to act on the behalf of the greater good instead of their own benefit. There is no way to become a hero being in the wrong place at the wrong time or the right place at the right time. A hero is defined by action. Taking action alone or with a group to make a positive difference in society. If they act on behalf of America, then they are American Heroes.
Unfortunately, again, marketing has taken this word and has stripped it of all its meaning. Now to become a hero, you simply need to be in the World Trade Center when it collapses, or to join the military. When did this happen. When did the act of dying in an American disaster make you a hero? When did taking a paying job for with the military make you a hero?
We do have an American hero in 2013….but because our news system is totally biased towards supporting corporate America and does not give a damn about human America, this hero is being damned in the news every day.
Edward Snowden is an American Hero.
In his own words today ‘mission’s already accomplished’, Edward Snowden can hold his head high for aiding the American public from being oppressed by Corporate America in the invasion of privacy and illegal acts by the NSA. You don’t need to succeed in your task to be a hero….just need to try. America loves heroes who are winners and Edward Snowden is definitely a winner in the battle against the evil NSA, but there is no chance to win the war.
While the NSA does damage control and the spy network regroups in a more “black ops” fashion, Edward Snowden’s act did little more than slow the ultimate control of all information by the NSA by a year. Add to that the fact that we now have corporate uber-masters running our prisons, our farms, our military and our government and you come to a very bleak conclusion that slavery is back and we are all back in chains.
No hope for the common man in America. Only a few will make it to the title of “slave driver” as a servant to the uber-masters. The rest of us have cubicles or mop handles as our lot in life.