Our Fundamental Need

Zachary - Rexburg, Idaho
Entered on October 11, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: respect
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I believe all humans have a fundamental need. We need something to move us through the crap of life. This is achieved by having heroes. I believe in the power of heroes and the effect that they can have in anyone’s life. I remember when I was younger; I always wanted to be Superman or Luke Skywalker. Now that I am older, I find that I still need a hero like I needed them then. I also realize that I have many heroes that have always been there; I have and will always need them. Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Every hero has a specific purpose to whomever they are heroic to. Every person at some point in their lives needs a hero.

Superheroes are worshiped by children and adults alike. Superheroes speak through all generations of time. For example, Superman was needed when he was created just as much as he is today to stand as an incorruptible symbol for truth, justice and the American way. In times in my life, I would think, “How would Superman (someone who always does the right thing) handle this situation?” This would make a situation just a little easier. This is an important function of heroes. One of my favorite things about superheroes specifically is how they can always do the right thing. In a world of gray for me, they always can see black and white. They always inspire us to become a better person.

In my older years, I realize that my parents are heroes for me. I realize that all that I am or will ever be is because of them. Heroes put others needs above their own. When I think of my parents, this is one of the things that comes to mind. I know they will do anything and give anything for me. Heroes are also teachers. My parents teach by example. My parents truly are the best examples that I know in word and deed.

Heroes also have concern for the one. This could be looked at from a prospective as a Christian; Jesus of Nazareth, always had concern for the specific needs of every person. Another personal hero of my mine is my best friend, Frank. He had so much concern for me, every night he would call me just to make sure I was doing alright. He has been and still is always there for me when I need him. A hero is always there to lift the person up.

Everybody needs a hero. I am certain of this. Heroes can be fictional or real; heroes help a person by helping them see more clearly, by putting others needs above their own needs, being an example, or just caring about a person. I believe everyone needs a hero. I believe heroes in all shapes and forms will always be needed.