Where Have All The Heroes Gone?

Posted on Updated on

Nothing like a nice little rant to get you back in the saddle. I’m not very happy with my wheels still on sick leave, but I’m going to practise patience today – easier said than done. Anyway. Quite a few things have scared me over the years, but very few things have scared me enough to make me want to run or hide. Being an indie author cruising around the interweb generally makes me pause for thought these days before I weigh in on any subject close to my heart, because most people are afraid to get involved with publicly contentious issues. But a couple of things mean more to me than keeping my face clean, and I’m not afraid of any sort of bully.

Freedom of speech is good. Go and stand under a tree and spew your filth, and see what cretins emerge from beneath their rocks to listen to and adore you. Well done. But hurl your crepuscular self viciously at normal decent human beings, and if I’m in the neighbourhood and eyeball this, I will probably be absolutely incapable of stopping myself from inserting a large boot into your rotten backside. That’s freedom of the boot in my book. Consequences – there should always be consequences.

I have been reading about these people who go on shooting rampages, killing innocent strangers, and then themselves so that they don’t have to face the consequences of their actions. Cowards. They go about their business for years, with people too afraid to step on their toes, or rock the boat. Political correctness more important than human decency, and fear of being seen as a radical weirdo more important than stepping up to do what really is right. Students refusing to read books that could possibly upset them. Trigger alerts for the classics – really!? Higher incidences of mental illness and anxiety related disorders than ever before. Something is very, very wrong. Smack those deviant little tools man. Boot them in their insignificant backsides. Show them that their behaviour is unacceptable. Before they get to their impressive killing rampage.

From a scribblers perspective, I’ve already seen the self appointed political correctness police in action. A writer I knew was once attacked because she had a rape scene in one of her books. Just writing about it apparently condones rape in the eyes of some people. Sorry to say, she actually changed it – she altered her story to make it more politically correct. Bad, bad, bad! We allow weirdoes to say and do what they like because they scare us, and responding to them is always a no no. Mostly I agree with and recommend the ignore troll rule, but sometimes you really should just grow a pair and step into the fray. Some “people” really do need to be shown that their words or deeds are not acceptable to decent human society. I’ve seen so many people freak out at images of animal cruelty, especially on Facebook. I totally get that these are not the sort of things that you want to see – ever – but before blocking and banning the sharer I reckon it might not be a bad idea to take a deep breath, look again, and ask yourself if seeing what is being done hurts more than the thing that you’re seeing being done to whatever person or creature it’s being done to. You don’t have to rage out of your house with guns ablazing to protect the innocent – there are plenty of incredibly brave souls already doing that. But be aware of your world. Know what is happening in it. If you fancy lending your voice to help then do that, but if you’re too scared of repercussions then don’t. It’s a shame though. There is a lot of power when people get together to stop evil. I reckon that we’ve all gone way too far with this fear of getting involved, and fear of having our reputations tarnished by being seen to be supporting a supposedly radical cause. When did it become radical to tell a bully to shut up anyway? When did it become the thing to do to never voice your opinion when you come across someone attacking another? We really need to stop being such craven ninnies.

Call it political correctness, fear of personal disfavour or attack, call it whatever you like, but from what I’ve seen lately it’s all just fear. And as long as we cowardly allow deviants to blossom in public, spreading their hatred and filth to shockingly receptive audiences, they will continue to grow their sick and twisted egos unchecked until they end up doing something just grand in their view. Something that usually ends up with innocents losing their lives.

Kudos to those of you who speak out against evil of any kind – whether done to humans or animals. And bigger kudos to those of you who have the balls to bite back, and send those crappy little zombies tumbling from their stupid little soapboxes of self pity and self entitlement. Just being aware of what goes on in the world can only make you a kinder person, so even if you are too afraid to lend your voice, at least have the courage to not turn your face away. I won’t ever shut up about things I believe in, and I won’t ever feel bad about hurting those who wilfully hurt. Why not? One thing that I learned in Africa is that sometimes you can only quench a fire with a much bigger blaze. Anyway. Back to books now.

Advertisements

27 thoughts on “Where Have All The Heroes Gone?

    Lawrence Grodecki said:
    May 29, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Well said Jo. I do hope you enjoy my latest blog post because it is saying almost the same thing, but in a much different way. It’s about a small group of people who aren’t afraid to say it all, but do so in a remarkable entertaining way. Unfortunately, I doubt that those who should be paying attention to this kind of message simply don’t.

    Like

    Carol Balawyder said:
    May 29, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Great post and what a lovely, peaceful photo. Yes, peace and kindness..I’m all for that and down with evil.

    Like

    francisguenette said:
    May 29, 2014 at 3:02 am

    I listened to a Brazilian sociologist speak, years ago, and he said, “Ignorance is no excuse – you are not excused because you hid your head in the sand and refused to know.” Powerful words – they have always stayed with me. It is our responsibility to know and to stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. Great rant, by the way.

    Like

    Cnawan Fahey said:
    May 29, 2014 at 3:04 am

    I’ve been reading this book, “Shadow People”, (maybe you’ve heard of it?) anyway, the author explores the issue of finding and accessing the righteous anger necessary to stand up to those who perpetrate evil. You might give it a read. : ) : ) : )

    Like

    Shamira said:
    May 29, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Very well expressed – here’s to all the brave heroes out there who are not afraid to stand up 😀

    Like

    Mira Prabhu said:
    May 29, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Jo, thank you for speaking up — you are not alone in standing up for a better world — i am just as fiery and outspoken and have suffered from it — especially since i grew up in a conservative Indian family (in south India) where most females are groomed to be pretty and efficient but warned never to open their mouths in the face of all the forms of injustice we witness….recently a friend called me “judgmental” for speaking up about something close to my heart, and I said, I’m glad you think so — we’ve been given a brain and powers of discrimination so we can use them — and those of us who have also been given fire and eloquence need to use these gifts even more. I even wrote a novel about this, and have two more on the burner. Bravo for being a woman warrior in a world where passive clones and people-pleasers often run the show….

    Like

    LucyPireel said:
    May 29, 2014 at 7:17 am

    And that’s why I love you so dearly my Jo! Never ever stop being the person you are. I can only look at you in awe for the fighting spirit you have and know that I do not have it in me to bite back with the fire you have in you. Not out of cowardice, but just because I wouldn’t know how to. Kudos to you. ❤ xoxo

    Like

    LucyPireel said:
    May 29, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Reblogged this on All That's Written … and commented:
    Once again Jo Robinson says exactly what so many of us think and so little actually dare do.

    Like

      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 31, 2014 at 11:11 am

      Thank you for sharing my lovely Lucy love. 🙂 ❤ XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

      Like

    First Night Design said:
    May 29, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Beautifully expressed, Jo. Putting our heads above the parapet is a must these days if anything is to be achieved.

    Like

      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 31, 2014 at 8:42 am

      Thank you Sarah! I think that sometimes it is good to confront these people – after all is said and done they’re mainly cowards who can only feel good about themselves when they make others feel bad. Give them a good clouting and they often dive back under their smelly bridges in fear.

      Like

    Kezia Lee Mintra said:
    May 29, 2014 at 8:01 am

    brilliant post my lovely and well put stay strong my friend i respect you for it and love you for it have a great day love and hugs xx

    Like

      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 31, 2014 at 8:39 am

      Thank you Kizzy Lee! I try to stay neutral, but sometimes I just can’t do it. HUGS and LOVE and MWAH! 🙂 XXXXX

      Like

    […] Originally posted on Jo Robinson: […]

    Like

      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 31, 2014 at 8:36 am

      Thank you for sharing my lovely love! 🙂 XXXXX

      Like

    mihrank said:
    May 29, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Did I say that only comic book heroes are perfect? Even the comic characters are more flawed than we may want to admit. The comic books of today hardly resemble the comic books of the past. Today’s comics are often full of violence, sexual themes, and grotesque imagery.

    So where do we go to find heroes? What about our parents? Some of us were fortunate enough to have parents that we could look up to as role models in our lives. But, lamentably, many have grown up in homes that are not at all conducive to establishing healthy role models.

    Like

      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 31, 2014 at 8:34 am

      You are so right Mihran – I’ve seen a couple of childrens cartoons that made my own hair stand up. It seems to me that evil must be allowed to shout and bully as loud as they like, and nobody must confront them due to freedom of speech. Well. I maintain my own right of freedom of speech to tell them what I think of their views. It’s important to fight back sometimes, especially when someone is clearly some sort of psychopath and a danger to society.

      Like

        mihrank said:
        May 31, 2014 at 8:55 am

        Jo – I have sincere respect to your views and comments, I am speechless. Your words just beautiful. I nominate my new piano melody ” Like A breeze” – I hope you will enjoy it!

        Like

          jorobinson176 responded:
          May 31, 2014 at 12:57 pm

          Wow Mihran – you blow me away every time I listen to your music – they must seriously be listening to this in all heavens everywhere. Do you have a cd to buy and download by the way? Thank you, thank you my friend. 🙂

          Like

            mihrank said:
            June 19, 2014 at 11:00 am

            Jo – We are at the last stages of our CD, I will mail our CD to you. I will keep you posted.

            Like

    fleamailman said:
    May 29, 2014 at 9:02 am

    (“…well now…” started the goblin suspecting that speaking out was good in itself but quite drowned in a system today that would not budge until the debasement of finance had run its course, explaining “…I mean, could it be that in america at least, none of their religious institutions can speak out for fear of losing their 501c3 tax status, that their academia too cannot speak out for fear of someone pointing back at them their insipid collusion with the loansharks to fleece the very ones they are entrusted to protect from such practices and form in life, and lastly that 90% of american media is owned by a mere major corporations anyway, so no, one can rant away and one will feel good for doing so too, just like voting for “boys home by christmas, close gitmo, rectify the patriot act, and the most transparent government to date” made one feel wonderful back then then, but no, god’s true mercy is that empires bankrupt themselves where here too america and the west will be no exception without anyone naming demise for what it is now…”, just ever the road to ruin was paved in a debasement of finances it seemed)

    Like

      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 31, 2014 at 8:31 am

      Hiya lovely Goblin! You once again speak the truth in your wonderful way – it’s time to lose the fear, and speak, and rant too. 🙂

      Like

    The Story Reading Ape said:
    May 29, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Well said Jo 🙂

    Like

      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 31, 2014 at 8:29 am

      Thank you Chris – got to have a little rant sometimes. 😀

      Like

    Mari Collier said:
    May 29, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Bravo! I’m politically incorrect according to the Left and the Right. I really don’t care. Best wishes for full success.

    Like

      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 31, 2014 at 8:29 am

      Thanks Mari! I’m totally with you on the not caring any more front – I’d rather do what I’m sure is right that toe anyone else’s line. 😉

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s