Well we can first begin with the definition of a superhero, whom do we honour by calling him/her a superhero? May be in comics, those who lure kids with their supernatural powers and extraordinary talents, fighting against all evil forces and finally emerging as heroes saving the people and ending the atrocities and are dedicated towards a moral goal; or may be the Real life superheroes who live and die for the cause of the society and are numerous in the world but invisible to us.
Whatever may be the case but one thing is true for sure that ‘Superheroes never die’, they always live in the minds and hearts of the people forever. So I really think that the title of the article proposed is incorrect. But nevertheless we can and should talk about the subject now and then, giving due respect and love to them, and to ensure that their dreams of a better society are fulfilled and that we are committed to transforming their dreams into reality.
Now if we talk about some of the comic Superheroes, may it be Superman,
“I’m here to fight for Truth and Justice, and the American Way.”
Or Captain America,
“I punched out Adolf Hitler 200 times.”
“You wanna get Nuts? Come on! Let’s get Nuts!”
“This is my gift, my curse. Who am I? I’m Spiderman.”
Or kids’ favourite, Mr. INCREDIBLE,
“No matter how many times you save the world, it always manages to get back in jeopardy again.”
“I hear everything. You wrote that the world doesn’t need a saviour, but every day I hear people crying for one”;
true indeed, yes Mr. Superman
They all have lived in our hearts for ages, and why not, they have always inspired us to rise above ourselves, keep aside our greed and work for general welfare of the society, thinking of the world as a whole, and thus giving priority to Humanity. And we do get inspired too, greatest examples of this are,
Chinese Redbud Woman, Flashing Blade, Phoenix Jones, Thanatos, Shadow, Captain Australia, Dark Guardian, Wheel Clamp Man, Mr. Extreme, Knight Warrior, and of course many more.
Well apart from these masked heroes, some of the greatest Real Life Heroes and Saviours are our Soldiers who sacrifice everything, even their lives for the sake of their nation and people.
Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr. and many more great personalities have been acknowledged worldwide for single handedly taking on their rivals and societal issues through the peaceful method of non-violence and also succeeding in their mission. Bhagat Singh has been a source of motivation and a role model for the youth of our very own country and now Mr.Arvind Kejriwal, Anti-Corruption Crusader has been following his path. It’s really pleasing to see people work for the interests of the society when some of us don’t care about others at all. Mother Teresa was yet another such personality. And take care we never dare compare them.
In fact there’s a Superhero in every one of us, all we need to do is identify it, like these people did. The three men who swam through Chernobyl’s radioactive waters to stop a nuclear meltdown; the woman who led Burma in non-violent protest against a ruthless dictator; the incredibly brave teachers who gave their lives to protect the students of Sandy Hook; the man who fought 40 armed men to save a girl from getting raped. A Gurkha, he said:
“Fighting the enemy in battle is my duty as a soldier. Taking on the thugs on the train was my duty as a human being.”
So all that we need to learn is to Rise Above the Self, Let Humanity be Our Priority, Try to be a Hero in Someone’s Life and experience the inner satisfaction and feeling that you experience after helping a person really in need of it; as if it were you, who he/she was waiting for and of course: ‘Heroes Never Die’.