Sunday, December 16, 2012

Morgan Freeman and heroes in times of crisis.

I, in general do not like celebrities. I do not get star stuck like many people to me they are just people who happen to have a job that gets a lot of attention. Some stars can handle it others cannot.
Many of them use it as a platform ...and if you ask them their opinion you will get an earful.

Having said that I like Morgan Freeman the actor - I do not know what he believes or his politics ..I like his voice - very regal and commanding. He is a man that played God and I would like to think God has a voice as commanding and as powerful as MF. This quote is attributed to Morgan Freeman speaking about the deaths of the children in Connecticut:

"You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here's why.

It's because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single *victim* of Columbine? Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he'll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

CNN's article says that if the body count "holds up", this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer's face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer's identity? None that I've seen yet. Because they don't sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you've just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

You can help by forgetting you ever read this man's name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news."

I don't know the name of the guy that did this and I really don't care what his name is or why he did it ...I didn't even know about the incident until my wall started filling up with sympathy towards Connecticut.

There are heroes here in this incident as with all trauma there is a few who if asked before the day started if they knew they may die would they have jumped in would probably have no idea until that second they would jump in. Being a hero means you do something beyond what anyone else would do to show an amazing display or feat that is beyond what people expect at the risk of your own life to give up your life for someone else.
Super heroes - have powers that humans do not.
A firefighter is doing his job ...he become a hero when he risky everything, even disobeys his commander to rescue someone.
Captain Sullenberger was a pilot until he landed the United Flight 1549 in a miraculous way. He then became a hero.

In Connecticut:
A worker who turned on the intercom, alerting others in the building that something was very wrong. A custodian who risked his life by running through the halls warning of danger. A clerk who led 18 children on their hands and knees to safety, then gave them paper and crayons to keep them calm and quiet.

Columbine Victims - Columbine Heroes
Virginia Tech Victims - Virginia Tech Heroes
Aurora Shooting Victims - Aurora Heroes
Oregon Mall Victims - Oregon Mall Heroes
Sandy Hook Elementary Victims

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