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My responses to, “Who are your heroes and why?”

February 6, 2011 Leave a comment

It began with a simple question: “Who are you heroes?” Tough question. I have a lot of ’em. Having just seen “Temple Grandin,” I wrote Temple Grandin’s name. I saw someone else write Helen Keller, so I added Anne Sullivan’s.

The next time I returned somebody circled my response –with a red Sharpie (the nerve!) and wrote, “Who wrote this and why?” I looked at the other responses and noticed that I was singled out. I didn’t have the time and frankly, I was livid that I knew if I wrote anything in that instance I would have melted the laminated cardboard with effusive expletives and accusatory assertions. I turned around and walked away, knowing that I would respond next time with a much cooler head.

As my luck would have it, the board was wiped clean the next day. I have tried to ignore it and move on, but it’s been bothering me since then. Yesterday, one thought gnawed at me: Temple Grandin and Anne Sullivan (Macy) don’t deserve it.

So, dear schmuck, here goes my justification that my heroes so richly deserve but you don’t:

1. Anne Sullivan Macy-Helen Keller wouldn’t have been who she is/was as we know her without Anne Sullivan’s patience, persistence, and perspicacity. Enough said? Good.

2. Temple Grandin-Despite her autism, Temple has earned a B.A. in Psychology, a Master of Science in Animal Science, and a Ph.D. in Animal Science. She has not only been a strong advocate for humane livestock handling, she has also engineered devices that over half of all cattle in the United States go through and corporations from Cargill to McDonald’s proudly use. Her resume alone puts all of us in the entire GISD to shame: http://www.grandin.com/professional.resume.html.

These two outstanding individuals have actually done a lot for civilization and in making the world a better place — not just with literature, theories, and providing entertainment. How about you? What have you contributed to  society? I bet you’re perfectly normal. No disorders (Mental, perhaps? Or emotional?), no disabilities… and yet, I bet you don’t have an excuse for being mediocre. Just another one among us who are merely passing by, an anonymous Earthling. I know I am, but I dare not question who you look up to. I can do that if you ask me to, though. Maybe not as lucid, modest, and patient as I can be behind a computer, though.

Did I answer the question to your satisfaction? Never mind. Frankly, I don’t give a damn about your opinion. I did it for my heroes Anne and Temple, and the rest of the world — not you.

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