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Why do what we do?

A friend of mine at the university is studying the popular culture, and one of her classes had the discussion about superheroes and how they all have the tragic histories, which is why they become the heroes. But she was asking in the class, what about people like the first responders and the fire brigade and the Red Cross volunteers? Why do they choose to do what they do?

Of course, I could not tell her I had the online journal full of superheroes who have not lost all of their families or had their home planets blown up, but I am curious. For everyone, including those who are thinking about becoming X-Men (or joining one of the other groups) one day, or who have been part of the Red X program (since you are certainly the heroes in my opinion!), why do you make such the choice?

I know I started with the Red X program because I wanted to make the most of my mutation, and to me, that was helping people. I because the X-Man for much the same reason - to be able to help on the larger scale, and perhaps be able to stop the disasters before they become the disasters. My mutation makes me a very good weapon, I suppose, so I wanted to use it for the right side.

What about you?


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Sep. 13th, 2013 04:42 pm (UTC)
I know when I was little - okay, like before I manifested, I used to think that the only way I was getting out of Montana was to join the Army. I mean, I wasn't thinking like, I'll do this to be a hero, but a lot of those guys (and ladies!) are getting shot at and it's mostly cause they didn't think they had anywhere else to go to get anything like a career.

Sep. 15th, 2013 03:19 am (UTC)
That's why I joined up, back in the day. It had nothing to do with good intentions or anything. I literally had no other options.
Sep. 13th, 2013 04:52 pm (UTC)
For me...it seems like the right thing to do. People need help, we're in a position to help them. To NOT help when we can is wrong. There's different ways to help, absolutely, but that doesn't mean not helping.

One thing I learned in foster care is that there's always someone worse off than you, so peddle your sob story somewhere else and do your best to overcome it all. It won't be easy - but nothing worth doing is easy. That's why it's important.
Sep. 13th, 2013 04:54 pm (UTC)
Stand up for what you believe in. Maybe you're wrong - no one said what you believe in is right - but stand up for it. And have the balls to admit it if you're wrong and change your opinion.

I hate it when people remain seated and silent, refusing to choose. It always means the bad guy wins when people do that. So I chose. And so far, I chose rightly.
Sep. 13th, 2013 06:09 pm (UTC)
Personally, I'm here for the buffet.
Sep. 13th, 2013 06:53 pm (UTC)
food food food food!

Sep. 14th, 2013 03:11 am (UTC)
No hogging the cheese fries.
Sep. 13th, 2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
I suppose it depends on how you define it? I've met some paramedics, or firemen, or policemen, who just aren't that good of people. Mean, selfish, bigoted...but they are doing jobs that require a certain amount of bravery. If that makes any sense. I've met people who are great to be around and treat their families and friends well, but with shit hits the fan they just can't handle it.

I don't think it's easy. Some people out there see the FoH or those MLF wackos as heroes. Enough folk where you can't just write it off as bad taste or general assholeishness (I don't know if that's a word).

Is it the people that keep the lights on and the world spinning? Like the movers and shakers or whatever? I know enough of you guys spent time in the government with folks that keep the world going, and don't have a lot of nice memories or kind things to say about it.

So maybe it's just where bravery runs into decency?

I don't know. I've been up super late cause I found a ROM of Lowenstein's Castle and, like, could not stop playing it. I should probably get more sleep before I post stuff on this thing...

Edited at 2013-09-13 10:24 pm (UTC)
Sep. 13th, 2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
I strongly believe that we have been given our talents (not just our mutant abilities) with a reason and that we have something of a duty to use those in some form or way to assist others in this world. It can have so different many shapes and form, but it simply is the right thing to do. And one of those shapes for me is working with Red X to help people in trouble or with the X-men to protect them.

I'll be honest though and say that a part of joining the X-men was also that I was tired of those with darker intentions hurting the people I care about and I realized I was capable of doing something more then just stand on the sidelines.

Sep. 14th, 2013 03:04 am (UTC)
Scott made me answer this once upon a time - I think when it comes down to it, you just ask yourself if you saw someone who needed help and you had the ability to do so, would you walk away?

My answer was always no, which meant it was pretty simple from then on. Not only in joining the X-men, but in studying to be a Doctor.

I'm no hero, I just do the job in front of me as best as I can do and hope that's enough.
Sep. 14th, 2013 03:08 am (UTC)
I'm not much for heroics unless it serves a purpose. You do a job so that all the people out there not doing the job get to wake up and go about their life like they want to.

That's about the short of it, dude.
Sep. 14th, 2013 08:55 am (UTC)
I do it because I can. I have powers that give me the ability to do something few other people can, I have money I did nothing to earn, and other privileges that meant I have had it easy compared to 99% of the world. And thankfully I'm not so selfish that I am happy to just take advantage of that privilege and do nothing useful with my life - or even worse, take advantage of those who don't have my advantages in life just to get even further "ahead".
Sep. 15th, 2013 06:40 am (UTC)
I can't say I know what my original reasons were for joining up with the military but I can say that for this superhero gig there are a variety of reasons.

Sometimes it's believing in what we're fighting for, safety, security, rights, all that stuff. Other times it's just not wanting more shit to land on people that don't deserve it. I'm not always happy about the decisions made but I'd rather be out there doing something than sitting around with our thumbs up our asses.
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