Sun rays from behind clouds, symbolic of spirituality

Spirituality Is the Soul of Being a Hero

Why does a community hero training center need to address spirituality and inspiration?

The original ancient Grecian idea of a hero didn’t include spirituality. It included anybody who did something amazing, beyond the ability of ordinary people. Even  terrible acts of evil could make someone a hero. Today, heroes are people who are examples of doing good. This also means that heroes can be anybody, not just the super strong, brave, or smart.

We need to learn what goodness is, to find a strong reason to do good things for others. As neighbors living together in peace, there are many things that we all believe are good. As humans, of course we have differences, too. A community center for training heroes needs the help of all the spiritual and rational sources of belief in what’s good, to focus on what we all believe, and examine our differences with civility.

For many years, it was often said that America was “at a crossroads” concerning our ideas of goodness, but it seems we’ve gone through the crossing and are wondering where we will go next.  Are we going to race excitedly into unknown territory, or have we already gone too far in some ways, and should we go back on some things? What happens when what some people consider basic rights block or overrun those held by other people? We need to build and keep bridges between groups with different views, and work together to establish boundaries we can all live with.

How would the Community Heroes Training Center help people with spiritual inspiration?

First of all, it would provide a list of worship centers in the area. There would also be books and other positive written materials. In the complete version, there would be an area or whole room dedicated to meetings or individual practices of spirituality such as silent prayers, meditation, or contemplation. The walls would have displays of inspirational poems and motivational posters. Group activities such as sing-alongs and hero role-playing games would boost the spirituality found in cooperative actions. More serious projects like Clean-up Days for rivers, streams, and parks; and Senior Assistance days to help fix up the yards and homes of the elderly, would make visible improvements to our community.

Examples

Poems:

Excelsior
The Chambered Nautilus

Hall of Heroes:

A “Hall of Heroes” (if only a rack of posters) would provide inspiration. There are the key figures of major religions: Moses, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad. Then there are philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Lao-tze,  and Confucius. Scientists such as Kepler, Newton, and G.W. Carver found inspiration in their religious spirituality, while Darwin, T.H. Huxley, and Luther Burbank put their faith in in a kind of spirituality based on human reason and natural laws.

Some people are heroes for being against war, such as Ghandi and Muhammad Ali, and many are heroes for defending their country as warriors, such as Joan of Arc, Sargent York, and Private Roger Young. Some heroes dedicated their lives to helping others in great need, such as Florence Nightingale, Albert Schweitzer, and Mother Theresa. There are also heroes of invention and business, such as Alexander Bell, Thomas Jennings, Charles Goodyear, Thomas Edison, Madam C.J. Walker, and Dr. Raymond V. Damadian.

In addition to real heroes, legends such as King Arthur and Robin Hood, and even  fantasy heroes such as Frodo Baggins,  Superman, Captain America, Batman, Spider-man, and Yoda  serve as icons of heroism. With such a panoply of heroes, there are plenty of role models for everyone!

The Starfish Story
Onward and Upward
Music

Louis Armstrong sings What a Wonderful World
Robert Goulet sings The Impossible Dream
Climb Every Mountain (Karaoke)
The Final Countdown (with cartoon clips)

Everyone Can Be a Hero:

A Class
A Governor’s Message
The Smithsonian: There’s a Hero Inside Everyone

Bible verses and passages:

Exodus 20:1-17 the “Ten Commandments”
Exodus 22:25 If thou lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee, thou shalt not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury. — Many other verses on being kind to the poor and helping them.

Proverbs and Ecclesiastes: Praise of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.

Luke 6:31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

Phillipians 3:13, 14 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Phillipians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Hebrews 11: the Hall of Heroes of the Faith

I Corinthians 12: Different gifts but one Spirit, different parts but one body, one body with different ministries.
1 Corinthians 13 “The Love Chapter” — 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

Hebrews 12:14a Follow peace with all men,…

I was born in 1960, raised in a family of fundamentalist Christians (I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a child). A bookworm, dreamer, and nerd, I loved my faith and also science, fantasy, imagination, creativity — I could never settle on who I was and what I wanted to do, and never seemed to fit in anywhere. The Musement Park is meant to be as close as possible to a theme park on the planet I seemed to come from.

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