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Strager Hero 1 Blog

 

Someone I consider a hero and connect closely to, is the main character Joe in the 2012 documentary Craigslist Joe. Joe explains the common concept that technology has turned into a tool that, while connecting us to some, separates us from society and steers us to live more self-consumed lives. He decides to embark on a journey that proves that technology can in fact bring us together rather than tear us apart. He decides to live completely off of craigslist. He takes only a phone with no contacts, a computer, the clothes on his back, a backpack, a toothbrush and a cameraman with a handheld camera who he meets off of craigslist. To me, he has all of the important characteristics of a hero. He is both courageous and brave as well as, unique, fearless, goal-oriented, full of faith, adventurous and humble. I resonate with Joe in the sense that I truly believe that little actions can go a long way. His day or hour interactions with people he met throughout his journey instilled faith in strangers and humanity, a quality that our society lost soon after the Manson murders in the late 1960’s. His small actions go a long way and I especially appreciate his humbleness of his heroism. He knows that he has changed peoples lives and given them a more positive outlook on life (something I strongly believe in) and yet he sees himself as just an average man trying to learn more about our society and simply connect.

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EClausen Hero Blog 1

When thinking about what a hero might mean to me, I think about the qualities I would want to posses. I think about the things that a hero might do. The first that comes to mind, is helping others. To me that is a true hero. Sure there are various other types of heroes but defining what a hero is, is almost like trying to define love. A hero that I identify with is the famous softball player and pitcher, Jennie Finch. Not only can I identify with the athletic side of her life, but I can also relate to her personal life in terms of wanting to use her life to help others. As an athlete, there is a certain type of heroism that every athlete knows about. Every elite, non-elite, professional, or even little league player wants to be able to be a hero in the game, they want to be able to make that game winning play that makes them a hero. Jennie Finch, during her run in the Olympics, made those game winning plays and even won the game just by being on the mound. Having the courage to put it all there on the field is very heroic. Being one of the most talented softball players to ever play the game, she has not only been a perfect role model, but she makes it a point to always be involved in charity when doing camps and things for younger kids to teach them that the best thing in life is to give back. That alone makes Jennie Finch a hero.

Like I stated before, a hero must want to help other people. In my opinion, that is the basic, or ground work to all heroes. There are millions of ways to help people, but finding a way to do good for others, or even help people when they are in trouble, like super heroes, is essential to being defined as a hero. Jennie worked hard to get to the point where should could spend her life helping others. After her success in softball, she later developed a charity calledDream Believe. Its main goal is to gain awareness for multiple organizations. Jennie wants younger kids to develop a sense of heroism. That is what makes a hero, another hero teaching them the ways. A hero should be someone that you aspire to be like. Not only do I look up to her in the softball world but I also model myself after her because I also want to help make a difference in the world.

 

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Jharris Blog 1

When thinking of a hero that best fits me, I didn’t want to name your typical superhero. Instead I thought of my favorite childhood movie, The Lion King. In this movie, Simba can be viewed as the hero. Young Simba seems invincible singing about his future as king and trying to fight hyenas; however, Scar intervened by killing Simba’s dad and making Simba think it was all his fault which caused him to run away. Timon and Pumba, two unlikely friends for a lion, rescued him. When Simba first met them he was apprehensive to their lifestyle and didn’t want to talk about his problems. However, by the end of the movie, after some convincing, he was ready to correct his mistakes and fight Scar for his family and kingdom.

I am very similar to Simba. As a child my parents say I was stubborn and not cautious, however with time that changed. Now, I tend to go with the flow and if a situation comes up that involves confrontation I would much rather turn my head (or run away like Simba) than address anything that could cause an argument. However, with time, I process and analyze situations and if it’s necessary for me to get involved, then no one can stop me from righting a wrong. In the end it is up to each of us to make our world the best it can be for those around us, and in the end I will always stand up, take responsibility, and fight for my family and friends.

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The hero that I can best relate to is Mr. Incredible from the film, The Incredibles.  In Mr. Incredible’s past he was loved by everyone, but due to a series of events that are partially his fault, he becomes alienated along with all other super heroes in the world.  Mr. Incredible is forced to live a domestic life as Robert Parr. He is a family man with a wife and three kids, but he constantly struggles to this way of life and cannot hold a steady job.  Mr. Incredible was born a super hero and being average proves to be very difficult.  He longs for the past, where he was something more, where he could once again save the day.  An opportunity for this is presented to him, which he takes wholeheartedly.  His previous number one fan becomes his greatest enemy and he ends up fighting for his city.   His heroic actions change the public’s opinion of super heroes allowing him to be what he was in the past.

Mr. Incredible survives his encounters by being strong, resilient and courageous.  Also, His family helps him fight his battles. This helps him learn how to better enjoy a domestic life and the family the great family that he has.  Mr. Incredible sees things through until the very end to the best of his ability, accepting help is difficult for him, but in the end accepting help becomes his greatest strength.

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JordanTHero Post 1

 

The Superhero that best represents me is Batman. I say this because Batman does not hold any super powers or abnormal abilities; Batman has elevated and mastered his natural abilities such as his intelligence, martial arts skills, and investigator abilities so much that he is able to do things that are out of the ordinary for a human being and ultimately being deemed a superhero. Despite his childhood circumstances Bruce Wayne is determined to achieve his goal of fighting crime, as we all know he surpasses this goal by becoming in many situations his cities only capable defender. I am a firm believer that any ordinary person can prepare him or herself to achieve things that they themselves or their peers deem impossible to attain. For example, in athletics as a kid, I was slow, small, and not very athletic although through hard work and determination I have grown into a collegiate athlete. This example is not as grand as becoming a superhero, but the steps it took for this kid to become a collegiate athlete are very similar to the steps it took Bruce Wayne to become the superhero Batman. I admire Batman’s work ethic and courage, he takes on tasks and protects Gotham city from villains who have superpowers without having any his self. Bruce Wayne realizes that nothing like Batman has ever been achieved, but because of his heroic characteristics he still makes his vision come to life.

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Jkaufman Hero Blog 1

The hero that best represents me is Roger Federer because he goes way beyond the basic characteristics of being an athlete. A hero is often defined by their actions, and Roger Federer displays some of the greatest characteristics including: courage, leadership and determination. Although I do not display every characteristic he does, I feel I can relate to a lot of the same values. Roger Federer demonstrates the highest passion and determination for his sport. Throughout his career, Federer has had to face the difficulties of being an athlete and a normal teenager. I can relate to this because I am also a athlete and share a lot of the same experiences. Being a Division 1 athlete, I constantly have to face the challenges of balancing out my work on the court and in the classroom. Like Federer, I feel I posses hard work and dedication, which allow me to be a successful student-athlete.

On top of being a world-class athlete, Roger is one of the best role models out there. A hero not only has to have great personal characteristics but needs to develop a strong relationship with the community. His sportsmanship that he represents on the court shows a certain calmness and leadership that inspires many. He is respectable on the court, whether he wins or loses, and promotes the sport in the best way possible. Off the court he maintains his role model status by giving back to the community. He has developed many programs for underprivileged kids and has donated millions into the sport.

In all Roger Federer possess a great sense of heroism. Like him, I strive to be hard working and determined to be the best I can be. I also try to incorporate a great sense of sportsmanship and leadership when I present myself on the court. Roger is a true hero and I can most directly relate to his great accomplishments.

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CEdwards Hero BP1

 

 

My “hero” personality is dichotomous in nature. I am Jean Grey and Phoenix from the X-Men series.  In X-Men, mutants are categorized into levels depending on the intensity of their powers. An omega-level mutant has the most the intense powers. Jean Grey is an omega-level mutant with telekinetic and telepathic powers. Her highest level of operation transforms her into Phoenix. While I cannot read minds or move things with a simple thought, Jean and I still have similar characteristics. We both have very important male best friends in our lives. My best friend actually introduced me to the X-Men series and is very much like Wolverine.  Also, we both are very selfless in our relationships. Jean was willing to die in order for her husband, Scott (Cyclops), to live. I strive to be selfless and freely give in my relationship, as well. Jean often uses her telekinesis to create protective shields for those around her. I do not have the ability to create force fields but I am extremely protective of my loved ones and friends and will sacrifice myself to save them. Additionally, we are both caring and nurturing women.

While Jean is acting as Phoenix, she can obliterate matter, create cosmic flames, control cosmic energies, and fly through space. Ultimately, she is unstoppable, as am I when I am determined to accomplish something.  As Phoenix, Jean has the power to kill and resurrect after death. She ultimately holds the power to resurrect herself, as well, because as the Phoenix she is the summation of life and death.  I am like Phoenix in the simplest form. I refuse to be defeated or overwhelmed. I can’t obliterate matter into subatomic particles but I do obliterate every obstacle that is placed before me.  I always strive to be at the top in everything; thus, naturally my “hero” personality is nothing short of the highest level mutant that “exists.”

 

 

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Whitehead’s Hero

The hero that I most connect with is Batman, specifically from the recent film The Dark Knight.  Initially within this film, he is widely accepted and almost worshiped.  With his success in the first film, the people of Gotham City are inspired by him and believe in his efforts/actions.  However, within The Dark Knight, he eventually makes the decision to become hated and despised by the citizens of Gotham.  Batman chooses to accept this role within society so that the “greater good” may prosper and actually gives up the hero title so that a more acceptable person can gain it.  He gives up his image and reputation so that the city can put a face with their hero, and therefore become fully inspired to take fight against evil.

Along with the most basic criteria of a hero as discussed in class, Batman fits the profile.   He truly cares about the people within the city and helping the greater good, that he ultimately sacrifices for.  Batman is also deeply invested in the city, both monetarily (irony) and personally.  I am always willing to sacrifice so that the greater good may prosper.  Specifically, the greater good in my mind is individual and team success.  As a member of the baseball team, I sacrifice myself and parts of life so that not only I succeed and achieve my goals, but so that the team can progress and achieve our goals.  I also, am willing to be hated so that things may be accomplished.

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Jsilverman blog 1 Hero

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My hero is Ari Gold from Entourage. Many people think that he is just an agent who doesn’t care about other people but truly he is one of the hardest workers, even if is just a television show. My goal one day is to be an agent and I think he is a good model to follow. He started with nothing in California and ended up running one of the biggest agencies in the world while having some of the biggest clients in the entertainment industry. He has many of the characteristics of a hero that we discussed in class today. He is a leader, he is very reliable (always getting his clients the best movies, and the top offers) He has many foes and enemies which is a key ingredient for a hero, he has goals which he end up triumphing by achieving the greatest agency in the world, and there is even parts of romance involved in his life.

 

Ari Gold may not be everyones typical hero, but if you really look closely, you can definitely see characteristics of a hero, and someone who can be a role model. This is why I chose Ari as my hero and I aspire to be like him in the future.

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CWhite Hero Post 1

There are so many different heroes that are found in numerous places through-out society. Growing up as the typical girl that watched cartoons I found the Powderpuff Girls to become one of my favorite shows. Bubbles the hero I found that I relate the most with is seen as kind, sweet, and sometimes sensitive. Unlike her two sisters, she is shy and is not as outgoing. Even though she tends to be shy she is not afraid to speak out at the right times and fight for what she thinks is right. Everyone has their different characteristics that best fits them, but for me I am usually very quiet and shy which is why I feel I fit best with her. Even though I tend to be shy I am not afraid to speak up whenever I feel it necessary. I try to fight for what I think is right and not allow people to walk over me and do things that I do not feel is right. Just like Bubbles I speak out when the time is right and do not back down for things I feel is necessary to fight for. There is nothing wrong with being shy but when the time is right speaking up for what you believe in is crucial.

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