IIRC, there's a statue honoring Gojira in a park in Tokyo.

Posted by Patrick Chester at August 22, 2007 06:56 PM

I personally like exporting Elvis. He WAS the king, you know.

Posted by airforcewife at August 22, 2007 09:31 PM

Maybe it's because we don't seem actively to value a life of character as much as we did in the past that we don't have quite as many "real-life 'heros' "? That said, though, I think we've always had TALES of heroic deeds and lives of great character that we've told and re-told, just to give us something to shoot for. . . to aspire to.

I love the scene in the Lord of the Rings where Frodo and Sam are walking along, having a light moment imagining the other in subsequent folklore and the kids clamoring for Dad to tell it one more time - about Frodo the brave, and Sam-wise the faithful. . . .

I guess we take what inspiration we can find, wherever we find it. And I hope you're not insulted for what you wrote this time, Sarah! For all you nay-sayers, I look up to Sam-wise, the non-existent, mythical Hobbit. So there. For courage, perseverence, faithfulness, selflessness, and getting the job done, he's hard to beat.

Maybe that's a more important question: WHAT do we admire in our heroes? (real or fictional) And why?

Posted by prophet at August 22, 2007 11:31 PM