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Friday, July 20, 2012

The Big Question

Why must I tell this story?

Like many of us, I gobble up stories about heroes.  They’re delicious to my soul.  It’s inspiring to jump into the shoes of someone who struggles, yet ultimately achieves great things.  These beautiful stories provide hope that there is good in the world and that we can be a part of it.  In my opinion this is art at its highest form, and it is why you cannot depreciate the value of art. However I have a hard time relating to powerful heroes who have it too easy, or who seem to automatically fight for the greater good.



In my personal life, I find that sometimes it’s a struggle to balance all my responsibilities -- especially the tasks I didn’t ask for and feel ill-equipped to triumph over.  I find that often the decision to do what is right comes at the cost of something I truly want.  And I’m not ok with succeeding spectacularly in a few areas while neglecting or failing in ways that hurt others.  We can’t often choose all that is on our plate, right?  That’s life.


To me a real hero is a mother or father who slaves away at a job they hate, doing the best they can for their family.  Each day they decide to get up and do what is right for the ones they love.  They choose to put aside their own needs or dreams to do what is right.  Is it easy?  Does it come naturally?  Hell no!  But it is a possibility we all have inside.


To me, a hero is the son or daughter that spends quality time connecting with his or her grandparent who is fading away in a nursing home, when everyone else is too busy or uncomfortable to visit.  The heroes I respect are not those who are instinctually motivated to do good, but those who do what they must when everything inside says, “Run!"

The hero in my story becomes this kind of character, and he has helped motivate me as he struggles and questions and bleeds.  And I don’t think you’ll find it preachy, hokey, or fake.  It is an action story a story of action, of the actions of a small, weak creature that grows to be something more.  


That is why, despite the odds, I must tell this story, and why I know you will enjoy following the journey of a simple starfish with an impossible task.  Like the starfish I can't do it alone, so who’s with me?


Thanks for reading,
Joe

7 comments:

Asif said...

I'm in!

-asif

Michael Di Nocco said...

You have my axe!

Joseph Daniels said...

Thanks, Gimli.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QAlt4Sfl7Q

Alaina Hower said...

There is some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for!

In all seriousness, I can't wait to see this story unfold.

John Donovan said...

We often joke of your "It's going in a good direction" saying, maybe even make a meme about it, but at the same time we are baffled that you can take on such responsibility. Two kids, a wife, teach classes, be there for students outside of class, and pursue your dream to tell this story. It's been thought that you're an alien, a monster, a man who does not sleep, or maybe some crazy science experiment the government unleashed. The truth is, like the Starfish, you are pretty heroic.

Just shine the Starfish Signal in Berkeley, and I'll be there.

timothysproductions said...

Well said by one of the most influential and inspiring people I've ever known.

I'm proud to be part of such an amazing project. :)

Joseph Daniels said...

You guys are far too kind. Thank you.