Everyday NhanSense – Day 5

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Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 5’s Topic: Heroes and villains.
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I have always loved superhero stuff, ever since I was a kid. There is something about seeing an individual/team of people do great things in the name of “justice,” whatever that really means. Maybe it’s the rad costumes or perhaps it’s my inner child always thinking that “being good” is what people are meant to be throughout their lives.

Some of my favorite superheroes are common ones such as Batman, Spider-Man and whatnot, with some obscure characters like Huntress being in the mix.

But beyond the capes and superhero emblems, I think it’s the notion of good versus evil that fascinates me so. Constantly, we are all challenged each day to be our own makeshift hero or villain. I believe everyone has to choose between both respective sides on a daily basis.

For instance, if someone were to collapse on the ground, the “good” thing to do would be to go over and help them out, right? Conversely, let’s say you instead go over and kick the person a few times while they are literally down, you take their wallet from the pocket and then scram. Is this act “evil” or are you just a rotten person?

Another example – you’re in the supermarket. You can go buy this bag of chips on the shelf with money or you can somehow slip it into your backpack and walk outside with it. Either way, you’ll end up with a bag of chips in your possession afterward, but even this simple situation has a lot more to it.

Now obviously, the latter is wrong because you shouldn’t take things without paying for it. You shouldn’t be surprised if a police officer has to have some one-on-one time with you if you get caught.

Just call me a goody two shoes. Let’s be honest as well. Everyone has the opportunities to be a thief at the store. They are in fact plentiful if you think about it. One second in an aisle and you can easily slip something into your jacket or bag, for instance. However, morally sound people are not actually going to jack something.

But I digress. I don’t want to make this post into a tangent about why I disagree with the five-finger discount.

What’s the point you’re trying to make, Nhan?! I am getting to it! I am getting to it! I promise …

Anyway, I bring up the superhero stuff because I do in fact look up to superheroes, as in the symbol they represent. As positive role models, as you will. And of course, I am talking about what lies above the surface of cool superpowers and epic comic book battles.

Despite how much I am struggling at the moment in my current and difficult situation, no matter how low I feel, I love superhero stories because they are empowering. I ask myself all the time, “Do you want to become a hero or a villain?”

The cheesiness of the wording aside (it’s not like I am about to have a showdown atop a tall building or anything), the question posed is a legitimate one I do find myself pondering constantly. I keep telling myself that I want to do good in this world. I don’t want to be a bad guy. I don’t want to turn down that path and transform myself into something I would despite.

Heck, as my mother would always tell me, my name Nhan in Vietnamese means “good heart,” so it’s in my namesake to strive for that part of the morality spectrum. I’ll keep turning to this superhero stuff for as long as I live. It keeps me sane. It keeps me honest. It keeps me inspired.

One of these days, maybe I can become a hero for real …

“Get good. Be better.” – Nhan Fiction

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