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Blind Heroes.

Just realized that two of my all-time favourite Comic Book Heroes growing up were Batman and Daredevil. It suddenly occured to me that apart from not having any Superman like super powers these two guys were basically both blind heroes.


Batman is not literally blind but Bats are and he does pattern himself on the Bat. It’s kinda like how an American Indian warrior might have an animal totem that he considered his brother. Daredevil is blind but his sense of hearing and some weird Radar sense compensate for this.


Blind Heroes, what does that say about Me ?

There’s a proverb that says “In the land of the blind the one eyed man would be king”,  but I believe H. G. Wells was much closer to the truth. In one of his classic science fiction tales Wells tells the story of a planet full  of blind people who kill a mutant that was born with sight and call him crazy. They go back to their regular existence once the “visionary” is out of the way.

Ignoring Jamaica’s national anthem, which says “Give us vision lest we perish”,  in this story having Vision leads to death and the blind happily go back to leading the blind.

We all want to remain in our comfort zones so it’s probably not really that amazing after all to have Blind Leaders or Blind Heroes. In fact maybe they are more apt to stay focused on what’s really important politically and not be scared by the realities surrounding them day to day.


Zatoichi. Daredevil. Batman. Those are still my Heroes and if I ever accidentally get some Vision I’ll keep my mouth shut about it.


June 18, 2009 - Posted by | blog, fiction, humor, Lateral Thinking, non fiction, philosophy, Psychology, Strategy, success, super power, writing | , , , ,



    Comment by samual | June 18, 2009 | Reply

  2. that story about the blind people killing off the man with eyesight has several versions, but they all lead to one common philosophy: people like to stay in their comfort zones, and don’t readily embrace any sort of change. In a society where everyone is same, different often becomes treated as dysfunctional…

    Comment by ruthibelle | June 22, 2009 | Reply

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