We’re often led to believe that our heroes – our nation’s founders or spiritual leaders or sports heroes or Presidents – are more than human, perfect in every way, as if they were always destined to be great, even when they were children. But that’s not the case.
When we think of people from long ago, we tend to see them as generic figures, busy hunting and gathering, tending fires and building shelters, but lacking individual personalities. That’s an injustice. All the same emotions that drive us today were present back then. They didn’t have computers or cell phones, but they certainly communicated. And they felt pain and jealousy and joy just as surely as we do.
When you combine those two ideas, you get the basis for the Misfits and Heroes stories: that a few people who didn’t really fit in with their home society became the heroes of a brand new world, not because they were perfect but because they took up the challenge.