My gapingvoid Print

I’m the proud owner of a limited edition Hugh MacLeod print.  It’s now sitting above my desk and has a lot to say about heroism, I think.


Like the choice between wolf and sheep, every day we choose between hero and bystander.  Heroism can come in tiny form as well as enormous.  Whenever our internal set of values sees something that jars with them, we have a choice.  Do we correct the situation, regardless of risk, or do we stand by, allowing it to continue?

  • When you see a kid at school call someone gay, does that register as wrong to you?  What do you do?
  • When you see someone fallen on a railway track, is that a bad situation?  What do you do?
  • When you are told you have to marry someone at age eleven, does that seem wrong to you?  What do you do?
  • When someone at work is stealing small amounts of money, how does that sit with you?  What do you do?

With heroism comes risk.  With bystanding comes guilt.
Choose one or the other with great care.

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2 Responses to My gapingvoid Print

  1. Christopher May 5, 2009 at 9:30 pm #

    Great print!

    BTW – when I taught high school, I had no idea so many kids use the word “gay” in a negative fashion. It took months to get them to understand and stop saying it….it was worth the trouble though 🙂

    • Matt Langdon May 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm #

      With a kid recently killing himself because of it, it’s become vital to wipe out this kind of talk.