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Be Your Own Hero by IAmTheUnison Be Your Own Hero by IAmTheUnison
It is a great truth that not many people understand. Life is filled with many trials and adversity. There are many beasts and nightmares which block your path to happiness and peace, and when faced with such hardships many people feel the need to cry out for a hero, but the person who is in the best position to defend you is always you. Be your own hero, and save yourself; for heroic knights in shining armor only exist in fairytales.

On a side note, I hated to use the imagery of a knight slaying a dragon because of my affinity for dragons and my disdain for the so-called "chivalrous" knights of medieval Europe, but I felt it still appropriate imagery since many people equate the symbolism for heroism with this iconic mythological scene...despite how rubbish it is.
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kyrtuck Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I always did wonder why so many depictions of saint George had him fight such an itty bitty sized dragon. Always looked so bullyish to me. :/
IAmTheUnison Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Frankly, I've always looked upon "saint" George as being a lowly coward (much is my opinion of most all other so-called "brave" knights). As I stated, I hated to use this imagery, but I somewhat felt it appropriate since a lot of people envision the iconic image of a knight slaying a dragon when they think of a hero. It's a bullshit piece of symbolism, but symbolism nonetheless.
kyrtuck Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Right okay. But now on being your own hero: people are not always on the tippity top of their game. People are not always equipped to deal with problems all on their own. So to me there's nothing wrong with accepting aid from other people so long as it doesn't become a habit. We all need somebody to lean on and all that. Its ecspecially apparent with societies where a sense of Community is valued above valuing a sense of individuality.

Taking this "be your own hero" mentality too far would be like blaming Its A Wonderful Life's George Bailey for accepting help from his hundreds of friends whom he had helped years earlier.
AudeS Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Well said, it's foolish to rely solely on an unlikely hope, while your life is engulfed in misery. While hope helps against it, you need to build up strength to eventually overcome and not simply endure the world's misery. And actually fairytales were originally meant to teach such values, till we get to the Romanticism, where all the things we despise about knights got forgotten and they were made shiny heroes, who are just fucking perfect like Tolkien elves.

And yes, it's a rubbish image once you know how bad knights actually were. I mean, you won't find any historical account about dragons killing people, which is actually accurate, but about knights killing people you will find a lot. It's the funny thing about it. Totally needs someone to make fun about it.
thebigleobowsiki Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
Tolkien's elves where actually dicks, one group called the Noldor killed off another elf race because they wouldn't let them borrow some boat to go to middle earth so i wouldn't call them perfect.
AudeS Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
Hmm, I should have taken some time with all the different
elf tribes of Tolkien before I made the comparison. But
I was mainly focused on their skills rather than their
DarkRiderDLMC Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Being a hero can be nice,
but it always bears a hefty price,
saving oneself isn't really heroic,
merely self-concerned and stoic,
saving others is much harder to do,
but it does help if you've already saved you...
Cinder254 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student General Artist
What happens when the hero needs a hero though? I speak from experience.
IAmTheUnison Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Then the hero must become a warrior who is both his own shield and his own sword. One can never afford wait for others to defend them. One must be ready to fight to their final breath to defend both themselves and what is true.
Cinder254 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Depending on the situation agree, but it always helps to have backup :)
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