Kari was an operating room nurse for 25 years before she retired. Uplifting quotes are always wanted and Kari collects them.
What Is Happening?
What is happening to America? Our once proud country is becoming a black hole of despair. Social Security is going broke. Our national debt is sky-high. Medicine costs are rising through the roof. People are losing their jobs, their homes and their hope. As the dreams of our fathers slip farther and farther from the the sight of most Americans, people are losing faith in our politicians, our systems and each other.
What can we do to bring back our hope? Here are the stories of a few people who decided to fight on the side of hope and justice. People who believe that one person can make a difference. People who are trying to make our world a better place...
Real Life Superheroes
These superheroes live in our neighborhoods, patrol our streets and help our needy. They live normal lives and hold normal jobs. The superpower they hold is caring. These heroes have taken upon themselves the daunting job of helping others. Their super-caring has led them to a life where action is preferable to inaction...where lending a helping hand is necessary...where love and justice are not just words, but a way of life.
What makes a superhero? Many will never understand, but there are a few people in this world who know. We may or may not sympathize with their need to don the superhero uniform and go forth to help others, however we should be able to recognize the altruism that is behind it. Let's get to know some of today's real life superheroes before we judge them.
"I'm a relatively normal citizen who wants to increase the amount of good in the world..."
Phantom Zero speaks of how he did not always fit in as a child. Growing up, his feelings oscillated between a longing to fit in and a pride in being different. Phantom Zero's sense of being different was one reason he found superheroes appealing. Here were some who, due to special powers or extraordinary life events, would never be like the other people in their lives. He connected with these misunderstood "monsters".
Over time Phantom Zero came to realize that different was not bad...different was unique, special, and admirable. Realization that it is the person, not possessions, that makes the man, a sense of self strengthened in his soul. Phantom Zero acquired the power to be himself, to know himself and to love himself.
Phantom Zero...an ordinary man turned superhero or a superhero disguised as an ordinary man? Many of us question our ability to change our world. We question our ability to alter our reality. Not Phantom Zero! He knows that change is within each and every one of our grasps. We are each superheroes, all we need to do is to make a decision...a decision to live with honorable intent. Phantom Zero has made "a pledge to increase the amount of good in the world to counteract the evil." Will you join him in his pledge?
Phantom Zero's Philosophy on being a Real Life Superhero
"The most important aspect of being a Real Life Super Hero is as simple as this:
- You selflessly serve a pro social mission.
- It's not about conquering groups of people to display your physical or martial prowess.
- It's not about having scads of cutting edge technology at one's disposal.
- It's not about training one's mind to the limits of human perfection so they can out think everyone and everything that comes their way.
- It's about being a champion of good (and almost everyone has the capacity to do a little good every day).
The reward one receives from doing good deeds is the deed itself, the service to the greater good, and the benefit that said service offers to mankind.
At least, in my mind, that is what being a Real Life Super Hero is.
Phantom Zero and Nyx
Nxy-Goddess of Night
"I respect all RLSH [Real Life Super Heroes] of every sort, it's not an easy life we've chosen but we've chosen it nonetheless."
In legend, Nyx was the shadowy, black-winged Greek goddess of the night. Seldom seen, Nyx has existed since the beginning of time. As shadowy as the Greek goddess, Nyx writes, "Like the night, I cannot be proven or disproven to certain degrees; and also much like the night, when morning comes there will be no trace of me."
Patrolling the streets of New York City and northern New Jersey, Nyx watches over their inhabitants. Under cover of the night, she is there to help and protect. Preventing and intervening, Nyx makes her stand to preserve the safety and welfare of humanity. Nyx writes, "I feel a certain degree of loyalty to every being that inhabits this earth, a compulsion to watch--to help--to protect."
Nyx's true identity is as obscure as the moonless night. She does not seek acclaim or fortune. Her only pay is increasing the amount of honor and benevolence in this world. In these anonymous actions, Nyx strengthens and nurtures the tide of good.
"We don't harass people, don't violate their civil rights. First and foremost, we prevent crime...We do what we are allowed to do legally as citizens."
(Mr. Xtreme-quote from UPI article Cops Not Fans of Real Life Superheroes)
Security guard by day, real life superhero by night...
Mr. Xtreme fights his archenemy apathy on a daily basis. He had spent years watching and hearing of apathy's evil deeds. One day he decided he could no longer put up with apathy's callous disregard for the people in this world. Donning his mask of caring, he formed the Xtreme Justice League to counteract the heartless deeds of apathy.
Now you will find Mr. Xtreme patrolling the streets of San Diego. Utilizing his power of super-caring he scans the city for people to help. His secret power of xtreme conspicuousness allows him to present a visual deterrent to would be criminals. Understanding that the best offense is a good defense, Mr. Xtreme knows it is easier to prevent crimes from happening than to stop them once begun.
A true champion of justice, Mr. Xtreme campaigns to increase the public's safety awareness and to empower others to take action. "...I don’t mind if people get on their cell phones or call the police or try to shake me down... At least I’m getting people to see what I’m doing and hopefully that will get them into the habit of calling the police when there are problems and suspicious activities."
Mr. Xtreme's Motivation
“I’m trying to give back to the community and do something positive,” Mr. Xtreme said. “All this apathy just kind of bewilders me and makes me kind of lose faith in humanity sometimes because nobody cares. ‘Another victim, another statistic’ and all we hear is, 'it’s time for a wakeup call', and I’m tired of hearing of wakeup calls...instead of getting on with our lives we need to devote and dedicate our lives to take a stand...
...Our role out there is a neighborhood watch: Deter crime and make sure it doesn’t happen in the first place or raise awareness...
When I go out and do this it feels really rewarding...I’m not bound by society’s rules, I don’t have to be a kissass...I’m trying to do something positive and give back to the community in a time when not too many people care."
Xtreme Justice League
A Change in Perception
When I first read about these Superheroes, I thought it was just a joke. After doing the research for this article, my thoughts changed drastically.
From humor, to interest, to wonder, to joy...I have found a group of people who are actively working to increase the amount of good in the world...without any wish of return. True altruistic activity!
I have focused on Real LIfe Superheroes found in North America, but rest assured, Real Life Superheroes are actively increasing the good all around the world. I have not yet seen one, but when I do I will personally walk up and shake their hand and thank them. In the meantime, here is a big shout-out to all the Real Life Superheroes in the world:
Thank You for all you have done and will do! You have my respect and support. Knowing you are there has increased the joy in my world. You are dawn in a night of strife. Your effulgence radiates outward, rippling toward a better world. Let us all be a part of this ripple; let caring and compassion unfurl in our world, expanding and pervading to touch each of us.
There were too many wonderful Real Life Superheroes out there to cover each one. I have included a few more of the videos I found and links to find out more about them. You will find several others if you take the time to search. It will be time well used. When you need a pick-me-up from the greed and apathy of our world, read of these beacons of hope and be inspired.
Master Legend Quote
"I’ve cut trees and rescued people and animals. I’ve brought water and snacks (to those in need) with the help of my friend "The Disabler".
I’ve done big things and little things and they all seem to equalize. I’ve saved a few lives and shut down a lot of crack houses. I love watching them get torn down.
I want people to realize this is not a joke. I have almost been killed doing this. I am always out to save and protect in costume or not. I have scared some people and have been attacked by people I was helping. I walk or drive around looking to help if needed, giving what ever kind of help I can supply.
I did not choose this life, it chose me."
Go read the Rolling Stone article if you want more feel goodness!
- The Legend of Master Legend - Rolling Stone
With his trusty sidekick, the Ace, he fights to vanquish crime and defend the helpless – if he doesn't get evicted first. Behind the mask of the Real
A movie about Master Legend
- The Legend of Master Legend (TV Movie 2017) - IMDb
Directed by James Ponsoldt. With Shea Whigham, Dawnn Lewis, John Hawkes, Michael Grant Terry. The story follows real-life superhero Master Legend and his drive to reunite with his family.
"I have the exact same arrest powers as anybody reading this article: citizen’s arrest. If a perp is going to leave the scene or is hurting someone, then I will step in and use reasonable force to detain them."
"I do what I can to help stranded motorists and others who may need assistance to handing out supplies to the homeless. I also do the crime fighting side of RLSH work, I have helped people who were being mugged, beaten or otherwise harassed in one way or another. I will do whatever it takes to ensure that another human being is safe. I don't have a death wish, but I will lay down my life if it means the preservation of anothers."
Thanatos, the Dark Avenger
"I've learned that in order to fight evil, you have to fight apathy, ignorance and indifference as well."
The Watchman Quote
"In order to make a real difference, people need to know that we're out there. We must inspire others as we have been inspired. We must be actively contributing to the betterment of our world, and people need to see us doing it."
The Beetle Quote
"I am not sure who will take the time to read my words, and uncertain who will even take them to heart if they do indeed read them. We stand at the crossroads, we few. Perhaps I should say we many, but in the grand numbers of the populace it is indeed we few. We stand for something everyone should believe in. We are the eyes for the blind, the hand that lifts the fallen, and the voice for those too afraid to speak. Still we stand. Holding a constant vigil for truth and justice in a time of disbelief and scorn. What makes us hold this post I wonder? I know that I do this for my children, for the weak, and for those who are afraid. Something tells me most of you also hold these same truths. The fact is, we stand, while others lay down and let the evil overcome their neighborhoods. We fight when no one else can find the courage. And yes, we face the every day onslaught of nay sayers to our cause. I know I have said it before, but alas I must say it again. I am truly proud to stand and fight along every other RLSH. It is not our fight alone, but sometimes it does feel that way. Thank you all."
"I am just an ordinary person with my heart set on a goal. My goal is to make a difference in the lives of as many creatures as I can. I don't want recognition or praise. The feelings I have inside are more than gratifying enough. To shield off others from knowing who I am, I have chosen to follow my husband into the league of RLSHs. At first I laughed when he told me what he wanted to do. When I explored deeper and found out that there were others like him, I was motivated. These people are not "weirdos in costume" they are people who share the same goal as me. To change the world we live in for the good."
Real Life Superheroes in the News
© 2009 Kari Poulsen
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on November 02, 2017:
I think it's really cool also. These are nice people! Thanks for reading and commenting. Sorry for the late response, sometimes it seems my comments do not show up for a few days.
FlourishAnyway from USA on October 29, 2017:
I love it when people go all out to do good for others. Super cool when they don a costume.
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on October 03, 2017:
Thank you, Bill. I would also love to see kindness get more press. I guess because it doesn't scare us we won't keep going back for updates. Fear sells.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 29, 2017:
I love the tone and the message. These people are all around us, but they don't get much press because kindness doesn't sell or it isn't sexy. I would love to see the evening news filled with stories of people like these that you highlighted.
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on May 23, 2010:
Justice League Mortal, Yaaaaa...I love superhero movies! :D
Justice League Mortal on May 04, 2010:
I heard that in 2011 will be a Justice League movie called Justice League Mortal I read that on http://justice-league-movie-trailer.blogspot.com/
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on April 23, 2010:
iron shadow, I'm glad to meet you! Thank you for caring! :D
iron shadow on March 30, 2010:
i am a new super hero named iron shadow lord guardian
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on February 26, 2010:
Cathi, Thanks for the compliment! I think we need more superheros also. I feel very thankful that these people are out there!
Cathi Sutton on February 25, 2010:
Exceptional and well thought out Hub! I wish everyone was a "superhero", even part time! The world would be a better place! Thanks!
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on January 14, 2010:
Dolores, When I first heard of them, I had the same thought...but as I learned more, I realized what a wonderful thing they were doing. I do believe they have hearts of gold! :D
Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on January 12, 2010:
At first I thought these people were a bunch of crackpots and kooks. Well, even if they are, they are kooks with hearts of gold. How sweet these Super-heroes are, a lesson to us all.
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on January 11, 2010:
Samango, I understand that not all are good, but many are.
Samango on January 01, 2010:
Some are good ... some are crazy.... and others are domestic spies making lists of people that engage in "anti-social behavior". Possibly the most interesting community online.
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on December 22, 2009:
Amazonia, Thanks for all you do! And thanks for linking this to the Heroes Network. I have the utmost respect for all you stand for!
Patriot, Merry Christmas to you also! I am glad I had the opportunity to research RLSH's! It does my heart good to know you all are here. :D
BEANS! back RazorHawk! Thanks for all you do and all you stand for! I will send Whcobb a message letting him know.
Z, You all deserve all good press...not any bad! Thanks for reading.
Zietgiest, Thanks for the exception! Merry Christmas to you also, and Thanks for doing what you do. :D
Geist, You could get wordy if you like...I would love to listen. I have great respect for you and all of your peers. Thanks again!
Cosmo Freebird, It is wonderful to see that people still care and are willing to do something to increase the amount of good in the world. I'm glad I could share this. :D
Thanatos, Thank you very much and I'm glad you liked the article. You all are doing a great thing! :D
Thanatos on December 19, 2009:
Thanks for mentioning me and my work. great article by the way.
Cosmo Freebird on December 13, 2009:
Great hub! Good to see that there are still people who care about making things right.
Geist on December 13, 2009:
Thank your for seeing through the easy mockery of what we do and finding your way to the idealism of what we accomplish.
I can get "wordy" on this topic, but I won't. Thank you again.
All My Best,
Zeitgeist on December 11, 2009:
I don't usually respond to any form of media, but I will make this exception. I just wanted to convey my gratitude for showing us in such a positive light. As Patriot said, a lot of people see us as a bit of a joke, which can sometimes be disheartening. Anyhow, have a wonderful Christmas, and thank you.
Z on December 10, 2009:
Nice. We're finally getting some good press. Who wrote this?
RazorHawk on December 10, 2009:
K@RI: Thanks for writing such a wonderful article about some people that I am proud to call friends and colleagues. These are some of the best people I have ever known, and the quotes you listed from each one really gets the point across of what we all intend to do.
And a shout out to Whcobb for not only being a hero in Iraq, but for the donations he is putting towards the Salvation Army and his church. I love to hear these things. I always say there are many ways to save the world, and charity is a big part of what my team, The Great Lakes Heroes Guild does.
Thank you again and thank you to your readers for keeping an open mind about us and for caring about their communities as well!
Patriot on December 10, 2009:
@ K@RI: As a RLSH, I have to say, I thouroughly enjoyed your article. Amazonia was nice enough to post a link to it over on The Heroes Network. Sadly a lot of people do take what we do as a joke. Often times we do get alot of mixed reactions from Police Officers as well. However, there is the other portion, like you, and those that have commented on your article, that support, or have said kind words towards what we do. I hope you and your readers have a Merry Christmas, and that we have inspired you and your readers to have hope, that good people are still out there.
Amazonia on December 10, 2009:
This is Amazonia and Ralph Deeds, I only give my number out to very close friends, but I could make an exception.
Wow this is really nice, thanks for the kind words in the article and the comments.
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on December 05, 2009:
Cris, He really is a hero! I remember reading about that in your hub. I love to hear of people helping people. :D
whcobb, I agree we need to help each other more and I'm glad to hear how you are helping others! :D
kartika, I thought it was a joke, but after researching it, I had to respect these superheroes. It is very inspiring! :D
kartika damon from Fairfield, Iowa on December 05, 2009:
It is fantastic to be reminded that there are many people among us who are doing super hero deeds by helping out in their communities - thanks for an entertaining look at that!
William Cobb from Columbia, SC on December 04, 2009:
Great article and I enjoyed reading it. The world is going down fast because people only care about themselves these days because of the economic stress they place on themselves. Now, don't get me wrong, much of it is not anyone's faults these days, but they place the stress on themselves by worrying... Worrying is a sin and naturally will cause undue stress. Anyway, more people care about themselves than others and that's a major problem. I am currently donating all of my revenue from my website and 2 blogs to The Salvation Army and my home church in Fair Play, SC, both of which have felt the economic crunch and need support. Anyway, all proceeds from my sites go to them and I only wish more people would adopt similar strategies at least during the holiday season. Anyway, good post and I'd like to meet some of those superheroes...
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Cris A from Manila, Philippines on December 02, 2009:
yep as a matter of fact, a neighbor of mine is a real-life superhero. during the flood, he steadied the makeshift ropes that my family and other people used to cross to the house beside ours. he did that while most of his body was submerged in the raging flood water. Our family couldn't thank him enough.
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on November 27, 2009:
tony, I agree, these people are amazing! I thought is was a joke when I first heard of it, but it's not...it's a very wonderful thing. Congrats on being on the front page today! :D
TINA V, We do all have the capacity to be superheroes, it is our intent that dictates our actions. :D
vrbmft, You bring up a great point...we all make decisions every day in how we act and relate to others. We each decide to ward off evil or to cave in. Thanks! :D
Vernon Bradley from Yucaipa, California on November 21, 2009:
Thanks for the invite to be a super hero. I know there are moments every day when I make a decision to be one or not. The "costume" may be "fun" or who knows, maybe even "necessary" to ward off evil, but even without the costume, in my ordinary Ross clothes, I have many moments each day where I can accept or decline the invitation to be super hero. thanks for reminding me
TINA V on November 19, 2009:
Nowadays, a superhero is indeed an ordinary person doing extraordinary things. We can all be superheroes even in our own small way. Great hub!
tony0724 from san diego calif on November 17, 2009:
k@ri this was just fascinating ! And I join you in the shoutout to the superheroes there . After all a hero is just an ordinary person doing extraordinary things right ? But there is nothing ordinary about these people .And I love Ferrox,s quote . Thx for a great read my friend
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on November 17, 2009:
terrowhite, Thanks! They really are super! :D
terrowhite on November 17, 2009:
Hey.. superb hub like your superheros.. :)
Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on November 17, 2009:
Ralph, Thanks for the correction...is it already broke? LOL I don't have Amazonia's number, but I did friend her on FaceBook and she accepted...maybe you can get it that way.
dohn, I remember reading some of it, and I really liked it...I have to go back and read more! :D
emohealer, There are so many people out there doing this! I wish I could have included all of them, and may do a part 2 to honor some more.
shamel, I agree...it looks like a very viable undertaking. Anonymous fun...and doing good for us all!
ocbill, They sure do deserve credit for all they do! I only wish I could have included more.
ocbill from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice on November 17, 2009:
good Hub, I was immediately thinking of Capt Sully which was a great deed but an anomaly so the everyday people who do it day in' n day out" (or night out) do deserve their credit here.
shamelabboush on November 16, 2009:
You know what, this is a great idea to be undertaken by normal people... I like it. Thanks dear.
Sioux Ramos from South Carolina on November 16, 2009:
Who knew? This is a really cool comiplation of awesome people doing awesome things and I had never heard of any of them until now. Nice....love reading good news!
dohn121 from Hudson Valley, New York on November 16, 2009:
It really must be coincidence that you posted this, K@ri. I'm in the middle of writing a serial novella called, "Revenge, Inc." right here at HP. My main character IS a real-life superhero. Please take a look, as it is garnering a pretty good-sized readership thus far. Thanks for the awesome hub! I wish I thought of it first!
Ralph Deeds from Birmingham, Michigan on November 16, 2009:
Correction: Social Security is not going broke!
Ps. Any chance of getting Amazonia's phone number? :-)