Somewhere, buried deep inside this blog amongst all my crazy ramblings, I talked about how my fascination with the space program inspired within me a lifelong love of learning. I also talked about how my “socialization issues” drove me away from the formal education system and, eventually, lead me to spending countless hours in public libraries, where I could study whatever I wanted without the fear and chaos rampant in public schools.
Despite my new found “independence” however, I was still an extremely disillusioned little kid who, lacking “real world” examples I could look up to, was in desperate need of a hero to emulate. But the thing is that my love for science and my longing for truth had spoiled, for the most part, any fascination I had had with with comic-book style “super” heroes, whose heroic “abilities” derived primarily from accidents of nature.
Even the great Batman, who easily passed the “real” guy test, and who I liked to “be” most back in the days of “pretend” play, fell way short of what I wanted when it came to actual, workable science. What I wanted, more than anything else, was a hero whose abilities were all attained by his own dedicated and relentless efforts, and whose “toys” were based on genuine, technologically achievable, science.
What I found was an old, 1930s style, pulp fiction character named Doc Savage.
For anyone interested, the link above the image provides a very nice breakdown of everything you could ever want to know about Doc Savage, but for me the most pertinent stuff is contained in the Fictional character biography section, where the wonderfully inspiring Doc Savage Oath can be found:
“Let me strive every moment of my life to make myself better and better, to the best of my ability, that all may profit by it. Let me think of the right and lend all my assistance to those who need it, with no regard for anything but justice. Let me take what comes with a smile, without loss of courage. Let me be considerate of my country, of my fellow citizens and my associates in everything I say and do. Let me do right to all, and wrong no man.”
Anyway… I said all that to give you some insights in the deeply buried motivation behind my including the following in my I Reject Your Reality… post:
“After spending my whole life treading water in a sea of lunacy, I found myself literally rolling on the floor laughing after I heard MythBuster Adam Savage say:
And that, of course, is because those words so perfectly reflect my own attitude towards the madness that we all live with everyday:”
And so you can understand why I was just absolutely thrilled by what was posted on the Metousiosis blog last night:
Now I know that, in the minds of most, Bizarro would be about the closest thing to “superhero” status I could ever earn. But, IMHO, the real Bizzaros among us are those who didn’t cheer at the end of Adam Savage’s speech!
I want ice water.
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