New heroes take flight

Kenneth Montano

Being a hero relies on too many factors to be able to truly define what it means. The Oxford Dictionary’s attempt to define it is “a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities.” The factors listed in this definition are too vague to pinpoint what it means to be a hero.

Heroes are courageous, strong, determined and smart. Characters like Superman, Batman, Thor and Iron Man are known for these traits. In their cinematic universe they have super-villains who also have these traits that are extremely praised. Lex Luthor uses his intelligent mind to manipulate situations and run a company, Harley Quinn is brave enough to stand up to the Joker despite throwing her entire life to be with him, Thanos was determined to collect all the Infinity stones even at the cost of his daughter and Kingpin was strong enough to crush Spider Man’s bones. Super-villains have also made “outstanding achievements.” Super-villains have taken over the world, terrorized cities, and most do it single handedly. How can these characters with the same traits be considered villains? The answer resides in non-fiction. The answer can be found within Martin Luther King.

“Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty I’m Free at Last,”  Martin Luther King Jr. said.

Martin Luther King is an American hero. His death is honored on Jan. 20, a national holiday that truly shows his work. So what makes him a hero? Martin Luther King Jr. fought for the rights of African-Americans when they were treated as second rate humans. Ethically, slavery and discrimination are morally wrong. Therefore he was ethically correct. That seems to be what makes a hero a hero, but even that seems debatable. Despite all of this, just because someone doesn’t follow the definition doesn’t mean they are not a hero. Flaws are what gives us human elements and what makes a hero stand out in the first place.  

Although he is not a traditional hero, he still is one, a content creator named Mr. Beast definitely fits into a different definition of a hero. One of the things he’s known for is donating to twitch streamers. Twitch is a platform mostly used to stream games; one way streamers get money is by getting users to donate. Sadly some streamers rely on this as income despite it being extremely unreliable. Mr.Beast stepped up to the plate and donated thousands of dollars to them. He doesn’t fit in the box by giving to the poor or needy because he picks the streamers at random.

Being a true hero seems to only be applicable to the ones who follow ethics. Morals and culture have too many variables to pinpoint a hero, but ethics truly allow you to determine what makes a hero.