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.
Billions are mighty.
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.
@thegibson I remember that time..
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.
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.
@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.
@TheGibson yeah, his cameo in spiderverse got me
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