by Dilek Güngör

Heroes (Issue II/2018)

From a young age we are told to think for ourselves, to chose our own path and not simply imitate the rest. No one wants to be a copycat, so we pretend we know exactly what we are about, hiding the fact we are constantly checking what everyone else is up to. In reality, we stick within our social boxes, we like whatever our friends like, valuing what is important to the people we admire. Then, the next day, we reject what they are passionate about. Just to make a statement.

It takes courage to speak your own mind, make your own judgment. Mostly we ignore our inner voice, it is so quiet, so tentative. But we can only tune into it when we stop snooping around at others. If you give yourself enough space, your inner voice unfolds in all its strength, ringing out clearly and unmistakably. We will not change the world with our voice but perhaps we will learn who we are copying and why we are following them. Perhaps it will encourage us to dig up the courage to oppose those with a simple answer to everything. But don't worry, we won't be left on our own when we heed our own opinions. Rather, we will find out exactly who is still on our side.

Most of the time we only pay attention to the trailblazers ahead of us, we dub them heroes. But even heroes seldom work on their own. "I don't believe in lone fighters," says author Cornelia Funke in these pages. The filmmaker Omar Robert Hamilton meanwhile sees greater strength in the collective than the individual. In this issue we will explore why we still can't resist the magnetic pull of the hero.

Happy reading.

Dilek Güngör

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