Monday, March 28, 2011

Heroes and Monsters; History and the Flatulence of the Pen

This blog is a response to the observations made by my cohort in wrestling with arguments as old as the moments before time existed. Old battles long before man walked the face of this earth or appeared in his present state have never been settled. In fact, despite the numerous restarts of the grand earth experiments by the cosmic chess players; they themselves have resorted to earth to resolve their own conflicts. The following is my observation to this observation.

It is a funny thing when we think what should be simple becomes quite the opposite. The heroes of war are not much different from normal men; other than having more demons to sleep with. Men are often commanded but led by three heads — that of his commander and that of his conscience and that of his human instinct to survive. It is the unbalance of this trio that produces heroes and monsters. I say "and" because the difference is relative to the viewer and the history he records. The phallus of man's ego leads him down many a dim-lit cavern, covorting with human and supernatural; emerging barely human, forced to conform to a set of ideals not formed to his unique imposition of experiences. The war hero is forever transformed by cracking open the strongest and darkest capacities of the human being. The quantity of such no longer inexpandeable to its original containers or borders. Civilized "society" in all its politenesses and hypocracies including our creeds and religions are always governed more so by our egos than our morals. The bitterness of wrongs is sweet til it reaches the light of day or media and suddenly the mad rush to preserve public opinion; which is no more worthy to judge the individual than the individual is courted. The irony is that a world without heroes; has no room for monsters either. The ingredients are almost identical if not exactly.

To illustrate my point only in the simplest of terms; take for instance, Tiger Woods — Did he do anything that so many others haven't done who claimed far more morality or more highly politically positioned? And the companies that dropped sponsorship...really; who are they to claim higher morality? It is only about face and money...nothing more. Their executives brag of the same escapades in gloating handshakes and secret smiles until some incident reaches public view. Only in the light do we scurry to our high morals; in the darkness all men may well be equal or is it more true that might makes right? I tend to lean to the latter. The guilty brand the lamb for slaughter and smile in private proclaiming no such knowledge in public.


1 comment:

Andrew Stanfield said...

Agreed. We didn’t know the intricacies of Mr. Woods’ marriage, and he certainly didn’t owe me an apology. It’s interesting that the same thing keeps happening in the same way: wrongs are done, exulted in, brought to light, apologized for. Maybe one day we’ll get it right.