How to Be a Real Super Hero!
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Stan Lee is a True Believer. He believes in the Golden Rule, and has always tried to stress "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you," in his comic-book stories. "If people would just live according to that simple idea," says the legendary creator of Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Daredevil, Silver Surfer and a galaxy of others, "this planet would be a utopia, a heaven on earth."
But in the complex, challenging and often dangerous 21st century world of today -
Stan 'The Man' Lee believes that only real life superheroes can safeguard civilization.
"I'm a true believer that now, more than ever before, we need the heroic deeds of real people from the real world. These are the actual superheroes." Stan explains:
"Heroism, in a sense, is doing something that is right - even if it's difficult to do.
It sometimes means choosing the toughest path instead of going the easy way.
And that can apply to a variety of things on many levels, some personal, and some involving other people.
"It could be, for example, doing your homework when you'd rather be playing a video game or hanging around with your pals. It could be spending your time wisely instead of wasting it. It could be helping out a friend who is in some sort of trouble, when you'd rather be going to a movie or a concert or not get involved at all.
"Heroism in the real world means, making a difficult choice at any time - and doing it because it is the right choice, the proper thing to do. And, that choice you make in doing something for others, that's the same choice you would want them to make for you, too."
Stan sees a parallel between performing heroically in the real and make-believe worlds.
"To make those difficult choices in life requires even more heroism than it would take a powerful superhero to fight a super-villain in a fantasy universe.
"And those in this world of ours who are not the heroes, and who in fact may be the villains, are the ones who always follow the easy path," Stan explains to CyberSpacers.
"They are the ones who do not care about others.
"Another definition of a hero is someone who is concerned about other people's well-being, and will go out of his or her way to help them -- even if there is no chance of a reward. That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero."
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