Today marks a very special day here at WFME.
For while we normally use Monday’s to get back into the week, to wash our underwear and to finally finish off those antibiotics we’ve been meaning to finish up over the weekend — today we’ll be introducing a brand-new feature instead that we like to call WFME On:. Just what WFME will be chiming in on is anyone’s guess, and it’s bound to bring people together, worldwide, in a discussion of like-minded topics.
Today, WFME On: is all about not needing heroes.
First of all, let me just say that when talking about heroes, we can’t make the same mistake this time that we made the last time we discussed this topic. It was, to be completely honest, a completely wreck — and so out of the ruins we return, to take this subject head-on and give it the true consideration being a hero deserves. (And also, Heroes airs on Monday nights on NBC so that’s a great tie in that I believe should net me some advertising dollars from the NBC bigwigs).
But I digress, children.
Needing heroes or not needing heroes comes down to whether or not this last generation is living under fear and if they’re ever going to change. Fear, it seems, brings the need for heroes. And when you live with fear, refusing to change, nothing else remains but the need for a hero. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts. If you’re afraid, if you give into the fear and if you refuse to change — you’re gonna need a hero to save you.
Well I’m here to say that we don’t need another hero.
I mean, can’t we all just fend for ourselves in this day and age? Can’t we stop being so needy? Needing heroes, needing people to save us, stopping at gas stations and needing to know the way home? It’s time to forget about the hand-holding and focus on our own lives, what’s beyond that, and committing to that independence by shouting out a phrase I believe can communicate our lack of neccesity for a hero: Thunderdome!
Finally, a rallying cry that’ll get someone’s attention.
Sure, you’re probably saying there’s a better rallying cry out there that communicates love, compassion…and that probably rhymes. But we can’t just go around committing halfway to this not needing a hero thing without fully screaming at the top of our lungs that yes…Thunderdome! — we don’t need those damn heroes. The day is coming, my friends — when living under the fear (as the children say) will be no longer.
That’s why today, WFME is saying that we don’t need another hero.
We don’t need someone to save us from the fear. We don’t need someone to do the job for us. We don’t need someone to give us a shoulder to cry on, or tell us how to boil a hardboiled egg or how to find the way home. We don’t need any of that stuff because we don’t need a damn hero when we can be our own hero…to ourselves.
Alright, so what do we do with our own lives so that we can stand out? What do we do so, in the face of no heroes (as I’m proposing), our own acts shine like a light… Well, I’ll tell you what you do. You give it your all. You focus. You forget about the heroes and leave your mark on both your life and those around you.
Because, people…we don’t need another hero.
We don’t need heroes. We don’t need them to quell the fear. We don’t need them, contrary to popular belief (and the hit NBC show Heroes, airing tonight at 9pm on your local NBC affiliate), to fix our flat tire… To mend our emotions… To give us strength or to, even in a strange city with streets that don’t run parallel…show us the way home.
All we need is ourselves.