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He made us all heroes.

If we listened.

Malign him not.

Billions wear the cape because of him.

Billions found their strength beyond strength.

Children raise their hand with imaginary powers.

Grown-ups adorn themselves with the shield.

Every time you make a fist, you feel the claws at the back of your hands.

The Helmet, The hammer, The Armor, The Anger, mutant, mutate, alien, or god.

Modern mythologies.

Billions are mighty.

Rest well.

Excelsior.

So, here's the thing... I wrote this in reference to Stan lee's passing because of some negativity that I was seeing...

I couldn't abide it.

Tonight,watching the movie with the kids, I was moved to tears twice... his cameo in this film, and a mid-credits quote that really hammered these feelings home.

Many things gave me strength of mind, will, and body... but Stan Lee brought them all together. I learned to stand up against that which is wrong, to aid others, and to take up the fight when it was the only option you had...

This world is at a net positive for Stan Lee having taken the leap of faith to promote and tell those stories, but at a net loss that he is gone.

Often, we don't know who wrote ancient mythologies... but we sure as hell will know who made the modern ones.

@remotenemesis @ella_kane

We really can be.

You just have to stand for something with all you believe in, set an example, and others will learn from it.

We can all be mighty.

@thegibson @ella_kane the song is about young lovers separated by the Berlin wall, but the message is timeless.

vox.com/2016/1/11/10749546/dav

We need heroes so can we aspire to be heroes.

@TheGibson It really showed me his influence when I was watching an interview with the Parkland survivors campaigning for safe schools, and one slipped in that "With great power comes great responsibility."

These children were standing up to overwhelming power with deadly weapons because Stan Lee taught them to do the right thing.

@TheGibson For the record, the original quote is "With great power there must also come great responsibility." RIP Steve and Stan.

@LexPendragon

It really is true.

It's not they wouldn't do it without him, it's that the stories are magical enough to make the mindset reflexive.

You begin to think like the hero... because the hero's exemplar was put there for you.

@LexPendragon @TheGibson

>These children were standing up to overwhelming power with deadly weapons because Stan Lee taught them to do the right thing.

I love Stan Lee as much as the next person, but I think you're giving him too much credit

@Christian @TheGibson I am not trying to claim he was the only influence, but the fact that they slipped in that quote meant that was the mindset they have, and that mindset came by way of Stan Lee.

@Christian @LexPendragon

Sure... except that very phrase is there... directly or indirectly because of Stan Lee.

@TheGibson @LexPendragon
A phrase alone is has no power, and because Marvel is a funtime adventure story company, that phrase is toothless

@Christian @LexPendragon

oh sir... words have power.

Words have a lot of power and resonance within the mind.

I disagree with your assessment of this.

@TheGibson @LexPendragon
Words don't have power when they've been culturally diluted to the point of comedy by their very creators

@Christian @TheGibson Right, but I still think the point they were getting across was exactly what Stan intended when he penned them. They saw a problem, and they did their best to fix it. That's exactly what those words mean.

@Christian @TheGibson You can have fun with sad sack characters like Droopy the dog or clumsy oafs like a Loony Toon, but the fun that those kids got was also a lesson in morality, bravery, and heroism. It shaped them in a fundamental way, so deep you don't seem to notice that it is there.

The kids didn't react with a Bart Simpson "I didn't do it", they reacted with the idea they could be heroes. THAT is what Stan Lee did to the world.

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