“A Hero’s Journey”
by Blake Gardner
A hero can be found in many stories. They can be found in everyday life. The hero triumphs over adversity and succeeds in the end. There are many different versions of a hero but their stories all have similar endings. This can be said of my story too. The main character in Inhuman Emergence: Innocence, Owen, could be called a classic hero. But nothing can be as black and white as the story of Heracles, whose story has a singular character that fulfills the roles of the main character, the protagonist, and the hero. It is from this ancient Greek demi-god’s name that we derive the word hero.
My book follows a main character closely. Owen is more of an incidental hero than the ones that seek out their own glory. He finds himself in a situation and at first refuses to be the hero. But his journey leads him to be a classic hero. Yet, things are not definitive as that. He is not the singular force that brings about the change a normal hero does. He is a leader, one thing that many heroic figures in a story could not claim. Being a leader is rare in today’s culture. Our youth may gain popularity or admiration through social media but it is a rarity for them to rally those that may follow to a cause.
Sometimes there is no discernable source to a viral video. It may be that there is a random photo or video that is posted by a person that has no idea that it will spread like a digital wildfire across the globe. From the outset of the ALS ice bucket challenge the person could have never know it would help the cause in such a significant way. Ordinary heroes are often not recognized; many never intend to make such a difference. That’s just what it takes for a hero to sway the forces of good to a just cause, a righteous act in the name of love and goodwill.
Society is ultimately connected in such an intricate way that small nudge in the right direction will cause history to change course. A single speech or small gesture can make so much more of a difference than all the ill will and calamity that we experience throughout our lives. Mine is the story of the incidental hero, one that does well not because he wants to change the world, but because he knew it was the right thing to do. Heroic actions don’t always have to change the world, and a single person can’t do it alone.
ABOUT BLAKE GARDNER
Blake Gardner is a debut author from Michigan. He has always had a love of reading. Writing interested him from a young age. For a short period, Blake found himself without a driver’s license and decided to write a book with all his spare time. “You can think of a great number of imaginative things while waiting,” Blake says. He loves sharing his work with readers. Blake encourages readers to connect with him via his website, and on Twitter and Facebook.