The Green Lantern: Courage and Honest
Courage and Honesty
by Bryan Stroud
“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” – Sven Goran Eriksson
Showcase Comics No. 22, Oct. 1959. “S.O.S. Green Lantern,”
by John Broome, penciled by Gil Kane and inked by Joe Giella.
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill
“If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.” – Win Borden
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear- not absence of fear.”– Mark Twain
Fearlessness and honesty. These were the fundamental requirements for this assignment.
While they are truly heroic attributes, Hal somehow needed to temper them with enough humility to learn how to use his new abilities in a positive and meaningful way.
I don’t know about you, but I have not been called upon recently to wear any sort of power ring. I have a hard enough time managing power tools. But each of us do have a role to play in defending our portion of the galaxy. Not from alien intruders, but from those forces that work against the heroic virtues of courage and honesty.
Abin Sur’s beam only found one man who possessed the virtues necessary to command such power, which was perhaps and indictment against a society that had replaced courage and honesty with conformity and situation ethics. The message here is, at the very least, to remain vigilant and not allow our heroic virtue to be eclipsed by the “easy way” so often promoted by popular culture.
With the proper amount of effort and self-discipline – additional heroic attributes – I’m sure that even I could begin to overcome my fears, which, of course, are the real barriers between who I am today and who I know I must be in the future.
Honesty, too, is critical to so many of the things we each would like to accomplish, and is an absolute iron-clad must for successful interpersonal relationships. You and your significant others cannot have rich, meaningful relationships without honesty’s fruit: trust. In your professional relationships, your employer trusts you to perform certain responsibilities and in turn, you trust him or her to hold up their end of the bargain. “In God We Trust” isn’t just a slogan on the back of a coin, but a motto that says we will be honest in our dealings with others.
After all, heroes, we each report to a higher authority than ourselves, our own needs and our desires.
Courage, honesty, and the self-discipline to learn and continue to grow. These heroic themes are exemplified by many fictional heroes and can be the highway markers that lead us to our best heroic selves in the real world. May we all be as successful at finding our true lives as Hal Jordan was, as we also seek to live as the heroes we wish to be before we are chosen for service. – Bryan Stroud: TheProfessor@heroschool.us
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