22 Mar 2021

Heroes, Heroines, Villains, and Disruptors: Market Dancing to the Music of an Avatar Reproduction

In his Notes from the Underground, Fyodor Dostoyevsky writes, “What makes a hero? Courage, strength, morality, withstanding adversity? …Who are these so-called heroes and where do they come from? Are their origins in obscurity or in plain sight?”

In The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien writes, “Wasn’t friendship its own miracle, the finding of another person who made the entire lonely world seem somehow less lonely?” Mary Shelley will remind us in Frankenstein that the friends and heroes always possess a certain power over our minds.

Are our lives crowned with heroes and true friends or are we contributors to an unfolding tragedy of a world without heroes, as George Roche elaborates in his book A World Without Heroes: The Modern Tragedy? Where is Valkyrie, the heroine (daughter of Wotan) who will defy the gods in order to save Sieglinde and the unborn child, as in Wagner’s opera?

Could it be that our heroes are the celebrated technology disruptors? History teaches us that the amount of institutional coercion in any society (and for that matter the self-inflictions with painful pleasures) is a perfect measure of an internal collapse that will manifest itself in the not-so-distant future.  

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