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Are we living in the future or what? Last year there was a big discussion about the development, planning and installation of a massive RoboCop statue of the cinema hero that would be placed in Detroit, the city where the original film takes place. Somehow they got approval and development continued.
The 10 foot tall prototype they’ve built will eventually be bronzed.
There’s really nothing to say. Just take a look at RoboCop in his 10-foot-tall pixel-atom-perfect glory.
One man stands out as a hero for risking his life for victims surrounding the events Boston Marathon bombings that rocked both the US and the world.
His name is Carlos Arredondo and he is noted during both the confusion and danger of the aftermath of what happened in Boston for sprinted into the chaos after the first bomb detonated. He was identified for personally removing debris and fencing from the wounded to clear a path for emergency personnel. His cowboy hat and long, dark hair make easy to stand out in many of the videos and photos taken at the scenes of carnage and chaos. (via The Boston Globe)
He grabbed someone’s sweater and used it to create a makeshift tourniquet for a young man who had lost his legs and was bleeding profusely; and as the second bomb exploded, Arredondo held the man’s artery closed with his bare hands and ran alongside the wheelchair after paramedics arrived to rush him to safety. (via The Daily Beast)
“Thank God I have the heart to go across and help the people. … I was putting on tourniquets with their own clothes. … I volunteer with the Red Cross. It was the right time to use what I know to help out.” (via YouTube / Joan Livingston)
Arredondo was at the marathon supporting a runner who was running in honor his sons. One had died while serving in the Marines, the other had committed suicide. He is a peace activist who displays makeshift memorials for his sons and other fallen soldiers.
According to the Daily Mail, Arredondo immigrated to the U.S. from Costa Rica and became a citizen in 2006. He was at the marathon with his wife, Melinda, who says she’s not surprised her husband rushed in to help but that the chaos was overwhelming.
“I know my husband, and he would go right in. They opened all the barricades that were keeping the public away. There were shards and people cut and injured. I couldn’t even get a text to him. Then I saw him, covered in blood.”
Although, Arredondo is not the only hero of the 2013 Boston Marathon explosion, but he is one of the first to be identified and honored for his actions during the devastation.
I live my life where the eye can’t see,
I exist in the place your heart wants to be.
I am the essence of the being that makes me, me
I am every part of the person you wanted to be.
I am insight and love, suppressed by mundane desire,
You bypass my ability to heal and inspire.
I require no food, nor your fluoridated water,
I’ll stay bound to Mother Earth – my unloved daughter.
With your body as my vehicle, my biological prison
I resonate in your consciousness, but you fail to listen.
I am the unsung truth, the hero’s victory
My presence is simple, but to you I’m a mystery.
With purity I implement my manifestation,
You dilute my presence with negativity and infection.
And as my time here passes, transcending from body to body
My unconditional love will lead to your ultimate ascension…
…but only if you believe in me
As a young Middle Eastern boy (Egyptian by blood) and raised in London, I remember observing the state of racism in the 80′s and asking myself, “if there were a war between black and white, would I be on both sides?”
With sadness I have observed that no matter where the violence comes from, its inappropriate.
Although embarrassing to think this way, I can just about get my head around the idea that killing our own as a reactive measure would make an example of the victim, warding off others who attempt the same actions.
In my heart of hearts, my response to that thinking is, if we kill our fellowman for any reason, we are making examples of ourselves, proving that we are not mature enough as a people to handle the business of running a planet.
If we ever reach maturity and move on with our thinking, convinced that doing harm is never appropriate, this is where I stand in silence, hopeful that we can one day move on.
Here’s to you Hero of Bahrain