The brave Chilean miners are clearly individuals who have reclaimed their Life Forces. They are positive examples of embracing life. Their 70-day ordeal was unimaginable. How many of us could have survived? Not one of those men died. The miner who ran in the New York Marathon is a wonderful example of the positiveness of humanity.
Many examples of wonderful people show us the courage of the human spirit. Society is better for Farrah Fawcett having shared her gutsy battle with cancer. In front of the world, she gracefully accepted shedding her cherished blonde locks.
Actor Christopher Reeve nobly fought his battle with spinal cord injury, his wife Dana staying lovingly by his side. Can any of us who are largely whole imagine having our bodily functions taken care of by another as he endured for so many years?
If only gradually, aging and dying removes all vanity.
Every day, regular citizens live through impossible difficulties. As if continued earthquakes aren't enough, citizens must plod through ash of the Mount Merapi volcanic eruption in Indonesia. Starving families in African countries live despite doomed circumstances. Putting one foot in front of the other, they drag through lives others would consider useless. Do they consider themselves such? How unspoiled they are to face uncertainty without complaining as so many others in comfortable circumstances might do.
Stoically and quietly people bear outrageous fortunes of life testing their resolve to breathe another day's injustice. Many abide shame society places upon them, doggedly determined to get through life holding their heads high.
I once gave facials door-to-door to sell cosmetics. I met a young Vietnam Veteran who lost both of his legs at the hip. The young draftee said he was nineteen. His whole life was in front of him, yet he did not succumb to self pity. Although he got monthly recompense, his young wife still had to work for them to get by. He confided to me that sometimes he got down, but mostly he beamed about the child he and his wife expected.
Many, climb mountains, sky-dive, bungee-jump, photograph man-eating sharks to test resiliency of their Life Forces. Other people quietly punch clocks day after day at dreary jobs. Those tolerating tedium without complaining, do it for families they love, or simply to continue a solitary existence. These people don't line up outside some studio door to audition to be the next 'American Idol.' They line up outside factory doors early in the morning for jobs that produce goods and services benefitting others.
Media so often shines the spotlight on extraordinary heros that they ignore those around us every day. The individuals to emulate are not rock stars, movie stars, sports stars, or kids with unbelievable superpowers: as in, really, not believable. Society has taught us the wrong values until real heroes have become an endangered species. Surely, we can find them here and not outsourced overseas.
These people do not need to have their own way to feel their Life Forces pulsing through their veins. They don't need applause for doing what is right. They just do it. They are examples of, psychologically, healthy people who have learned many lessons of life and passed it on. These are the people extolled by those exploiting them for gain, whether to pay them low wages or win votes.
Hollywood continually invents fanciful heroes with superpowers. What message will this send? Will it lead young people to believe that simply being good citizens is not enough, but that people must be extraordinary to have value? To the contrary, those whom we will never know embrace fearlessness every day by just being good when simple goodness is so undervalued.
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