Monday, October 29, 2007
Chaim Lazaros Can Not Possibly Include All of the Real Life Heroes in His Documentary update 11-1
While on a law school campus waiting to judge a Moot Court competition, a costume clad law student passed by and suddenly among the autumn leaves there was time to contemplate what constitutes a hero. What is a hero? We all agree that the firefighters and policeman who were first responders to 911 were all heroes. Arnold Schwarznenegger repeated the phraseology when referring to fire fighters after the recent California fires. President Bush often refers to our military fighting in Iraq as heroes. But are these the only heroes?
How about the people who clean the streets of New York? Near Halloween, people infiltrate Times Square wearing capes, masks and uniforms cleaning the streets of litter. Members of Superheroes Anonymous (allegedly created by Chaim Lazaros) also passes out crime-prevention literature to educate people on how not to become victims. Chaim Lazaros organized the independent super heroes by gathering independent "heroes" together in New York for a documentary he is filming. Members of his group refuse to provide the press with real names so as to protect their identities. Most patrol their own neighborhoods.
So who are these so called heroes? One calls herself Street Hero wears a black mask and is trained in martial arts. She apparenttly tries to teach prostitutes how to defend themselves.
Another, "The Super" fixes faucets and does electrical work for people in need. He wears a red cape, a yellow shirt and a white mask.
Do heroes need to wear a uniform? Legal Pub thinks not. Not even close. There are thousands of teachers that go beyond the call of duty to educate children. There are volunteers manning suicide, drug and alcohol hot lines. Thousands of others work in soup or food kitchens for the poor. Thousands of lawyers offer services pro bono or at a minimal charge. There are doctors and nurses volunteering at indigent health clinics. How about people who stop to aid a stranded motorist? Certainly they are heroes. There are millions who give to charities. Foster parents and adoptive parents are every where.
How about "green" advocates who help to save our environment? Those living in solar powered homes and driving electric or hybrid cars are certainly answering the call of duty. Water conservationists, farmers, crop harvesters... they are all heroes. The list goes on indefinitely.
While the millions of every day super heroes don't wear costumes and are not likely to be included in documentaries like Chaim Lazaros movie, they don't need to be. Philanthropy is alive and well in the United States. Keep in mind that any one who is not currently a super hero is simply a Clark Kent in disguise just waiting to bloom into the next Albert Schweitzer.
Update 11-1: James Zadroga was a New York City detective who had worked at the ground zero. He later died of a respiratory ailment. An autopsy indicated he injected ground-up pills, which lodged in his lungs. AOL joins the debate of what constitutes a hero. LINK
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