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Mon Aug 31 08:46:55 SAST 2015

Wake up and smell superhero fallacy: iLIVE

Cheryl Ramurath, by e-mail | 25 February, 2013 00:37
We wrongly expect Oscar Pistorius to be the good guy in every sphere of his life

Everybody wants a hero, but not too many volunteer to be one.

Let's face it: a true hero is fictional. They come alive on 3D screens and dominate the focus of media coverage. But deep down, we all know the deal: someone is about to fall.

It's a familiar story: someone becomes an overnight success, and they have more than 10 minutes of fame when the world worships at their feet - then the stilts of manmade pedestals unravel.

It's become like a bad movie in which one can tell the beginning and end. But we keep watching because we hope, this time, there will be a different ending. We all fall into the trap. We want to believe and hope there is infallible goodness in everyone. If he or she can take on superhero status, maybe I, too, can achieve the impossible.

You would think we would have learnt the lesson, but we choose to believe again.

Individuals are not meant to take on the weight of human expectation. We can all be heroes if we make no one a hero. And, when one falls, we can all stretch out our hands to lift up him or her.

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