Fear Can Be Useful… Sometimes

I have been pondering a lot about fear recently and the other day i was on a Dark Knight movie marathon and i came across something. I have always wondered about how bad fear is and how it puts us in some of the worst situations possible. I thought that overcoming fear of everything was the best way about it. This time while i was watching the last movie in the trilogy “The Dark Knight Rises”, it made me realise otherwise.

I used to think that fear was something that holds us back, stopping us from doing great things. Well, during the movie the notion of fear was brought up in a situation and then resolved with a very interesting theory. I thought that if i rid myself of fear then i could do anything i put my mind to. It is hear i realised that sure i could do great things if i put my mind to it but in certain situations fear becomes a requirement to take things that step further than all steps. It seems that fear can help us push ourselves to do things by utilising our maximum effort, strength, capacity and so on. Having no fear is like having a safety net beneath you in case you fall. It can mean that we may psychologically not do our best because we know we are safe. Take this safety net away and you’re left with the fear of falling. This means that to make the jump, we must put in all the strength we have into it, knowing that if we don’t, then we fall. The fear drives us to put everything we have into what we are about to do. This isn’t just about jumping from one cliff edge to another, but also in the context of trying to hand in something according to a deadline and the fear of failure making us put everything we have into getting that last piece of work in. Or running into a burning building from fear of losing someone. And the reasoning runs on into the infinite. Of course this is may not be something that happens on a daily basis but in those moments, it is there and it can be harnessed to an extent.

We all have something we fear, be it materialistic such as losing an object or money; or something deeper or more psychological like losing someone you love. I have discovered two fears of mine so far. One of them has already been mentioned, while the other is a more bodily constraint in the form of paralysis, which i believe came about from childhood in my love for all things Superman. Superman = Superman Movies = Christopher Reeve = Paralysis. Bizarro i know, but i think very highly of these two people, one materialistically real and one fictionally real. My worst dreams are the ones which physically constrain me in the form of full or partial paralysis and it is usually far worst when i am lucid dreaming and still cannot break from it. My fear of paralysis drives me to do more and be more active in everything i do, more than ever. Recently for many reasons i have begun a thorough training programme of exercise, for both mind and body (and maybe even soul). The other is to fight for and protect the people i love with everything i have.

So in the end, fear does not have to be a stopping force but can in fact be a driving force. Don’t let fear control your life, take your fears and use them to drive you further than ever, because you never know, one day, you may just fly.

Thanks for reading.

 

The Existence of Real Life Superheroes

Everyone has a hero. Whether it’s an artist, a musician, an actor/actress, a family member, a friend or someone you so dearly love. All of the above exist, but what about real life superheroes. Well the first thing is simple, do they exist? It is up to you how you take this, but i believe that no matter what superhero you can think of, they all come from real life. In this reality we have really strong fighters, fast athletes, super brainy individuals and even the odd person who shows signs of the extraordinary, let’s say for example, someone with a high level bio-electric field. Of course superheroes date back to even as far as the Gods of mythology e.g. Greek Gods, but superheroes have always shown exaggerated abilities of what we humans currently have.

I believe in superheroes. The truth is currently there are so called superheroes already among the Earth, some have even been shown on television. These superheroes aren’t the super powered heroes we know in comics or films but are super in heart. These superheroes such as the already popular Phoenix Jones and Purple Reign are human as us but show great passion in helping one another. And then there’s the costumes, the ultimate symbol that all will recognise. Both the superheroes above and many more wear costumes despite the mainstream audience’s sarcasm and dis-belief. This is what makes them super. Have they helped us? Yes they have. That makes them heroes. Superheroes.

The only downside is the debateable subject of law. By this i mean the many questions related to laws and regulations and of course the politics involved in whether or not this should be allowed. Some believe that this is just outrageous and “crazy”, while others see it as a symbol of hope and safety. I am biased. I love superheroes and everything real superheroes stand for. On the dark we have people scrutinising over whether these Supers should be allowed to just roam the streets and be involve in crime. Some believe that they are in fact getting in the way of the police’s duties. This could however be directly counteracted with the fact that Supers manage to be at the scene of a crime way before the police. This doesn’t mean that the police are slow to work, but merely that the Supers are faster or at the right time and place. The police get paid and are on duty with money rolling into the bank. Supers on the other hand are volunteers of the people that put their own lives at risk for the safety of others, for free. That’s where i belong. What some lovers of superheroes forget is that the police aren’t all bad. I could agree that so many are bathing in power and pride but i believe in people becoming police officers to protect the people. Not all police are bad, but many seem to dislike the Supers.

One thing that intrigued me was that most of these happen in America (which does sort of makes sense), however i wanted to know what the laws were for Supers or “masked vigilantes” in England, or more closely where i am from, London. So i was walking home today from one of my regular strolls and i happened to come across two police officers. Of course i opened with “May i ask you a very bizarre question?” I went on to explain about masked Supers and asked what the laws are to it. They were a little stumped at first but later explained that here in London, there is one main rule that no one can cause any member of the public any sort of alarm. As soon as a public member becomes affected negatively, then it can be considered an offense. It seemed perfectly reasonable to me. I then went on to propose a scenario.

“A man has just attacked an innocent and a Super has seen them and chases the villain. The Super catches up with the villain, grabs his arm, twists it around his back and pins him to the ground. The Super then calls the police.”

Is this acceptable? I would say yes. The police however had only one real problem with it. They stated that the masked individual is not allowed to attack first, therefore no arm bending, unless it is done as a result of an attack against the masked person. So that means finding a non-offensive method to get the attacker off the innocent and then only pin the attacker or capture him, if he is attacking you. Hmmmm, that makes things so difficult. It means that the attacker has more leverage. Of course we have all heard of stories of burglars being attacked by the households, or even just injuring themselves in a victim’s household and then suing the innocent. This is why the police stated it was such a grey area.

Being a masked Super is very difficult in the modern day of laws, regulations and even CCTV and photographic technology, but that doesn’t mean we give up. Most of the masked Supers we see on YouTube are good people who are genuinely helping people, even if it is just giving food to the needy, but there are the Supers that lurk in the shadows protecting the people of the world, wearing symbols of hope, truth, justice and the American righteous way. If i were a Superhero, i would be in the shadows, never seen, or if seen, never in the lime light, not even the zest of the lime light. Do i dare condone such behaviour? Yes i do. What do you think? Who knows, maybe one day London too will have a Superhero.