We've all experienced the sting of the typo. Whether it's spelling your boss Ted's name with an A and two S's in a company wide email or listing "jail" as your previous residence on a job application, they can happen to anyone, and often at the most unfortunate times. Luckily, most of our typos don't wind up changing world history. Not everyone is so lucky.
If you want to motivate people, you don't rely on logic and reasoning. No, what people need is a symbol. A slogan, a flag, the face of a hero to stick on a T-shirt. So what do you do if the real world doesn't provide you with something people can rally around?
It's interesting how a man can become a local hero by saving just one life--or how a fictional character can be considered a super hero by saving a few thousand--when there are people relatively unknown to history who have saved many, many times more. These are men and women who saved millions of lives, without whom you might not exist, and whose names likely never came up in your history class. Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov Nuclear war... Doomsday... WWIII... forget about everything Stanley Kubrick, James Cameron or (God forbid) Alan Moore ever mused on the subject.
Sure, if you look hard enough you're going to see bestiality, orgies and freakishly small penises in EVERYTHING. But in the case of classic works of art, you're often right. Yes, as much as we mock Dan Brown around here, the one thing he's right about is that old-school artists like Michelangelo and Da Vinci loved to plant little "Easter Eggs" in their work, often things that would never have made it past the censors. The Floating Brain God Michelangelo's ode to the Book of Genesis, The Creation of Adam , has endured not only as the most famous of the Sistine Chapel panels, but also one of the single most iconic images of humanity. Note how Adam's pose mimics God's, how mankind is framed off from the Heavens by earth and mountains, and how God and his entourage are rolling around in a gigantic, floating brain .