"Men are afraid to rock the boat in which they hope to drift safely through life's currents, when, actually, the boat is stuck on a sandbar. They would be better off to rock the boat and try to shake it loose." - Thomas Szasz
I've been thinking a lot about heroes this week. We've watched Robin Hood all week - four different versions (including Men in Tights). One movie each night. I love the story. To me, the romance isn't in the relationship with Marian. The romance is in the tale of Robin Hood himself. The heroism - no matter which version you watch. Robbing from the rich to feed the poor. Standing up for what is right no matter the cost. Rise and rise again until lambs become lions.
Nobility is not a birth right. It is defined by one's actions.
- Robin Hood
A true hero does what must be done, even if it means peril and personal sacrifice. Courage and honor drive them rather than fortune and glory.
Being good with a sword, or a bow (or both) are helpful. Unless we're talking modern day heroes, then you might want to take away the weapons. Perhaps your 2010 hero uses words, or his fists (or both).
A sense of humor doesn't hurt either.
What makes a hero a hero to you? And which is your favorite version of Robin Hood?
In other important news:
Alex J. Cavanaugh is having a Kickoff Contest. His debut novel, CassaStar was released yesterday.
From his site:
"To pilot the fleet’s finest ship…
Few options remain for Byron. A talented but stubborn young man with a troubled past and rebellious attitude, his cockpit skills are his only hope. Slated to train as a Cosbolt fighter pilot, Byron is determined to prove his worth and begin a new life as he sets off for the moon base of Guaard.
Much to Byron’s chagrin, the toughest instructor in the fleet takes notice of the young pilot. Haunted by a past tragedy, Bassa eventually sees through Byron's tough exterior and insolence. When a secret talent is revealed during training, Bassa feels compelled to help Byron achieve his full potential.
As war brews on the edge of space, time is running short. Byron requires a navigator of exceptional quality to survive, and Bassa must make a decision that could well decide the fate of both men. Will their skills be enough as they embark on a mission that may stretch their abilities to the limit?"
If you can't wait, like me, you can order it at Amazon or at Barnes & Noble.
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