What Constitutes An RLSH?
One important note to all of this, is the fact that any and all of these activities must be accomplished while obeying and working within the law. Working outside the law, breaking the law, and the promotion of such activities, is generally accepted within the greater superhero community as falling under, “vigilantism”. Vigilantes are criminals, no matter how they see themselves or rationalize their actions. They see themselves as a law unto themselves, and promote their own personal brand of morality and justice as superior to the rules and restrictions of society. Anyone in the superhero community that refers to themselves as a vigilante, is either ignorant of how the community views law breakers within the ranks, or doesn’t care what anyone thinks. These folks usually learn better and shape up, or ship out. The community does not look kindly upon those who’s attitudes and activities reflect poorly on the rest of us, or make us look like dangerous criminals. More than a few vigilantes have been uncovered and turned over to the police over the years.The superhero community also has unwritten, though pretty obvious, rules of conduct. These rules have developed over time to help reinforce the image and ideals of the superhero community. Community members are expected to treat themselves and others with respect, and dignity. They are also expected to carry themselves in public in a manner that upholds the ideals of the community and does not contradict what the community stands for. Public intoxication, arguing with police officers, urinating on the sides of buildings, shouting racist comments, and similar behaviors are clearly unacceptable. The community does, and has, ostracized individuals who act this way. What gives the community the right to distance themselves from these “heroes”? The actions of an individual can, and has, affected how the public sees the rest of us. While an individual does have the right to do what they want, they do not have the right to speak for the rest of us, making us all look like amateur morons, racists, or alcoholics.
posted by Silver Sentinel @ 6:29 AM