A hero is just an image. A hero is not a human being. He cannot make mistakes. He cannot be normal. He cannot be vulnerable.
A hero is a ‘property.’ He cannot have desires of his own. He must live for us. It is similar to a parent expecting his child to give up on his dreams because he feels that it is the child’s duty to make his parents happy.
We create heroes because we are afraid of imperfections.
We create an extraordinary hero because we are unable to enjoy the beauty of the ordinary.
We fear fear itself and hence we create fearless heroes. But one day, we see their weaknesses. Or someone else points them out to us. First, we try to ignore these flaws. We beat up people who question our heroes. But if there are glaring flaws, we crucify our heroes.
Have you noticed one thing? Most of the times, heroes are not near you. They are always ‘far’ away and are not really accessible to you. Maybe, we know deep down that if get too close to our heroes, we will notice their flaws. Gandhi was not your neighbor. Mother Teresa was not your friend.
Heroes are just like Gods, their existence is questionable. They mostly live in your head. They may not be real.
Beware of people who make a human being their ‘God’ and think that a particular person will change the world (on his/her own). It’s almost as if by associating ourselves with someone who is doing something noble or great and obsessively worshiping him/her, we are relieved of our responsibility to do something.
It reminds me of my ex-colleague who always wanted to leave our organization for a better one (which is normal). But she used to neglect her duties, saying that, she is unable to work because the work environment is not good. She thought that everything that is wrong with the organization is ‘outside’ her. We hate society because it is corrupt or not inclusive. But let’s not forget that we are also the ‘society’ for others.
P.S. Having heroes is not a bad thing. I’m talking about obsessive kind of hero-worship where people burn the houses of the heroes who don’t meet their expectations (Yes, in India, if a cricketer doesn’t play well, few people pelt stones at his house or burn it or blame his girlfriend for his failure).