Heroes and Hero Worship

I’ve been reading this book titled “On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History” which people know it as “Heroes and Hero Worship”. By the way the author is Thomas Carlyle, if you want to know. Okay, this book is gotten from Gutenberg Project, you can have it too, and it’s free anyway. You also can request a free DVD to be sent to your address without any cost (I got 2 DVDs delivered to my home; it’s almost 15.000 books inside it!!)

This book is very popular. I have read this book’s title from Soekarno’s writing many years ago since I was in high school but I read it just know ’coz I didn’t know how to got this book. Thx to PG.

Okay, this book tells us about heroes (ya iyalah judulnya emang ttg heroesJ). He said that heroes can be anyone in any field. Carlyle selects one hero at his field with some consideration. He categorized heroes as: hero as divinity, hero as prophet, hero as poet, hero as priest, hero as a man of letters, and hero as a king. Here are the winners of his heroes in his opinion:

  • The hero as divinity: Odin from Scandinavian myth
  • The hero as prophet: Mahomet the prophet of Islam
  • The hero as poet: Dante Alighieri and Shakespeare
  • The hero as priest: Luther, Knox, and Puritanism (What the hell are those?!)
  • The hero as a man of letters: Samuel Johnson, Jean Jacques Rousseau, and Robert Burns
  • The hero as a king: Oliver Cromwell and Napoleon Bonaparte

Okay, don’t be angry if your heroes didn’t go in Carlyle’s categories. Carlyle was live in 1795-1881 so he didn’t know Spiderman, Batman, or Sabaku No Gaara at all. And if you want to criticize the list above, just sent your email to Mr. Carlyle: carlyle@idontkonwitisheavenorhell.com. 🙂

Carlyle is a great guy. He is a historian from Scott. Maybe you ever heard his quotes like “A good book is the purest essence of a human soul”, “Man is a tool-using animal, without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all”, and “The Hero can be Poet, Prophet, King, Priest or what you will, according to the kind of world he finds himself born into.”

So, which hero you want to become in?!

 

Nominasi Para Pahlawanku ™

Ok, karena gw sudah menuliskan tentang Carlyle yang memilih para pahlawan dibidangnya menurut dia, gw juga akan memilih para pahlawan superhero Western gw Ini dia para pemenangnya:

  • Batman. Manusia biasa, ga punya kekuatan abnormal apapun, hanya punya dukungan dana dan dukungan sahabatnya tapi bisa jadi superhero.
  • Spidey. Yang ini karena lagi terkenal jd gw ga tega memposisikannya lebih bawah lagi. Satu hal yg bwt dia oke ya karena dia jauh lebih cerdas bila dibanding dengan superhero lain. He is a scientist. He solve his own problem with his gift
  • DD. Uwg yg ini kisahnya menyedihkan karena harus berhadapan dg cewe-nya sendiri. Me-manage kebutaan dan menggantinya dengan pendengaran. It just reminds me with Miss Helen Keller. Need to learn from the beginning
  • Superman. Sebenarnya gw males milih pahlawan yang bukan manusia. Ok, yang bikin salut gw bukan kekuatan-kekuatan super yang dia punya tapi yang gw saluti ya ko bisa si nyambung ama makhluk yang ga sejenis dengan dia. His communication and interpersonal skills are really damn good. Beda ma gw yang manusia tapi komunikasi dengan manusia lainnya masih ga nyambung (maklum masih Dial-Up 🙂 )

Kayaknya cuman empat biji neh tokoh superhero yang bisa gw inget. Masih mau nambah lagi tapi yang kepikir malah karakter manga jepang. Ada si XMen, tapi kebanyakan, terlalu maen keroyokan, ga jantan (Yang suka xMen ngambek neh, ngambek.. 🙂 ). Uaahhh, gw mau tidur dulu ah. Dengan diiringi musik sayup-sayup, pelan-pelan aku pun beranjak ke tempat pembaringan. Entah kenapa kalo mau tidur selalu keinget yang di Yarsi. Haaaaaaahhh!! Udah ah tidur, Besok pagi harus kumpul kelompok perancangan produk. Mada-mada..

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