Grandpa vs. Superman

My grandfather was a great man. Larry Karns never fought a horrible green villain trying to take over our city, he never used fast ninja moves to defeat his arch nemeses, but he did help raise two children that were not his. He was a hero; he saved my life and made it possible for my sister and me to stay together. Because of this great man who was well into his late 40’s when I meet him, two children were able to stay in the family that we were born. That is what made him a hero. I recently asked a seven year old boy who his hero was, and expecting him to give me the name of a real person or profession, was very surprised when he said “Superman”. Children today are being bombarded with make believe heroes in make believe stories. They have lost the true meaning of what a hero really is. The media has distorted and misused the word hero to the point that children no longer even know what the word really means or are able to identify a real life hero of their own.

According to Dictionary.com the definition of the word hero is: a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities; a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal. (Dict..com,2013) The definition of hero implies that it is indicative of a real person. To regard someone as model is to strive to be like that person. For a person to be admired for bravery, courage, and the noble qualities that they possess is not an easy task to accomplish. The media today has misused the term repeatedly.

In today’s children shows, the “superhero” in the films hardly fulfills the definition of hero. The well-known children’s show Power Rangers portray teenage kids who have the ability to “morph” into super ninjas. The superhero ninjas use karate along with other martial arts and cunning tricks to defeat their alien villains. These teenage ninjas use weapons,...

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