Tuesday, November 30, 2010

You're My (Social) Hero

You're My Hero
In all cultures, there are heroes and there are Heroes. The difference is the attitude that the individual personifies. Heroes make their life into a herald for change: social, political, personal, global, spiritual. Some strive as pioneers to be the first to bring attention to these or other issues. Some use music, art, athletic prowess, writing, public speaking, public office, or other efforts

In each case, they are singular men and women who are admired to an extraordinary level. They can be charismatic or work behind the scenes.
There are many individuals throughout history who could be called a Hero. 
Some examples--and you ought to select from these because (1) You SHOULD learn about people, and (2) you SHOULD know about people already, yes? This has a built-in "Darwin Award" motivation too: if you don't know why or who helped society and why their life mattered, you won't have much to offer society yourself--so plan on your own "early departure."
                   


Pablo Picasso  
                      
Desmond Tutu   
                 
Dr. Jane Goodall

Dian Fossey      
              
Birute Galdikas

Elizabeth Cady Stanton 
         
Susan B. Anthony     

Miep Gies             
                 
Dr. Ben Carson     
               
Simon Bolivar     
              
Pele                   
                     
Bob Dylan**       
                                        
W.E.B. DuBois      
            
Jaime Escalante

Robert Johnson**   
              
Tecumseh               
               
Duane Allman**      
            
Winona LaDuke

Edgar Cayce         
            
Kurt Vonnegut

Emily Warren Roebling 
          
Frank Zappa**

James Michener**      
        
Grace Hopper           
             
Ray Bradbury             
         
Orson Welles**

George Washington Carver

Isaac Asimov                    
                       

Paramahansa Yogananda   


 **No, this means that they are there for other than “obvious” reasons—if you think you knew them, try digging a little deeper—I did. 
 
Essay assignment & KEY EMPHASIS: Every century offers a lengthy range of names. Pick the ONE person you think best exemplifies the role of Hero, and tell me about them. 

Tell me what they did, who they influenced, if it was a particular group, what they did, or are doing, to help uplift Man and Womankind, why they feel (or felt) their issue is/was important, how they are working (or worked) to raise consciousness, and where they work (or worked) with specific examples.  

Also…tell me WHY YOU PICKED THEM. VALIDATE HOW THEY HAVE MADE AN IMPRESSION ON OTHER PEOPLE AND YOUR LIFE (IF APPLICABLE) with specific examples.

Uh, no. Your parents, relatives, friends, or other people in general aren't available--unless he or she just won the Nobel or Pulitzer-type Prize in their respective field.

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