Joseph Campbell said: “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”
We all want to be remembered. In all of us, there is a need to play a part in the larger scheme of life. Participating in something that is bigger than ourselves has a mythic quality, a feeling of heroism. Generally speaking, humans crave the extraordinary, to be set free from the mundane and ascend to greatness. That is why old Greek myths have lasted for thousands of years. That is why we watch superhero movies; to live out powerful, mythic fantasies.
We all know that in reality, we can’t fly, or save the world from Zod, so we find small ways to make a difference in the world. However, the Left has found a way around the mundane; the Left has discovered how to create gods and heroes out of regular people. They take a person, and build a story around them, exaggerating the facts, and blowing everything out of proportion. It is through this creation of heroes that they advance their agenda.
First example: Matthew Shepherd. According to Breitbart:
“Almost everything you think you know about the Matthew Shepard narrative is false. Matthew Shepard was the winsome young homosexual in Laramie, Wyoming who in October 1998 was tortured, killed, and left hanging grotesquely from a fence. He was discovered almost a day later and later died in the hospital from his horrific wounds…Almost immediately Shepard became a secular saint, and his killing became a kind of gay passion play where he suffered and died for the cause of homosexuality against the growing homophobia and hatred of gay America. Indeed, a Mathew Shepard industry grew rapidly with plays and foundations along with state and even national hate crimes legislation named for him.”
An author by the name of Steven Jiminez is revealing the truth in his new title, The Book of Matt.
Second example: Michael Bloomberg. According to Breitbart:
“POLITICO’s September 8 Playbook signature letter contained an ad from NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun group claiming ‘seven kids are murdered with guns…every day in America.'”
As it turns out, once you run the statistics, that is not true in the slightest. It’s a patent exaggeration. This is Liberal hero-making in action.
First, you have Matthew Shepherd, whose image the Liberal community has used for years to wage their war on Conservatives. Obviously, what was done to Shepherd was evil, but that’s not the point I’m trying to demonstrate. The Left only needs this story for purposes of ginning up their base to fight the opposition. The Left saw a murder—among numerous others—plucked it out, and proceeded to build a myth around it. They glorified Shepherd. Any time anything related to gay people comes up in politics, the Left trots out Matthew Shepherd. It’s a glorified version of the victim game the Left is so good at playing, using people like Michael J. Fox to promote embryonic stem cell research. Because he’s a victim of disease, he may not be criticized. The same thing is going on with Shepherd. If you criticize the gay community, you are personally attacking the Martyr.
Moving on to Bloomberg: Michael Bloomberg cites a false statistic to build a case for gun control. In this case, the hero-making is a bit different. In this case, the hero is conceptual: a dead child. Any dead child will do, so long as Liberals can use them to get what they want. They begin by constructing the story that seven children are murdered every day by guns. The faux statistic seems just reasonable enough that many people won’t attempt to verify it. They then proceed to trot that statistic around, so that gun advocates will look evil and thoughtless. How dare those Conservatives! They’re practically killing the children themselves! But the statistic is a lie to begin with. The Left has lied to create a hero: fictional dead children.
The elite Liberals know that the average Democrat Joe will fall right into these hero-traps because they also know that human beings want to be extraordinary. And if the average Joe cannot be extraordinary, they will cling to people that are. Liberals will use the story of Matthew Shepherd, and the statistic about the seven murdered children to make their acolytes feel like heroes themselves. It’s a very attractive idea.
Truth is often simple, not grandiose. Matthew Shepherd was brutally murdered; that is the truth. Guns sometimes kill children; that is the truth. But it is the perspective applied to these stories that makes all the difference. The Left knows that, and they warp any story they can to advance their agendas.