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fable of the strong fearful woman

For years, our heroine—we’ll call her “Elizabeth” because she likes the name—had struggled to create security for herself. She’d moved to area untroubled by tornadoes, hurricanes, or earthquakes… …then entered well-paid profession that promised future stability.  Her employer—a large but … Continue reading

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no burden of happiness upon me

I’m happy I’m happy I’m happy I’m happy I’m happy I’m happy and I’ll punch the man who says I’m not!         — from the song “I’m Happy” by Ivor Cutler I define “happiness”, very generally, as a sense of well-being… … Continue reading

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the one and the ones

  All public figures to some degree are transformed into symbols… …but only a few, such as Nelson Mandela, become lasting symbols. For future generations, he will symbolize strength—the strength of patient endurance, the strength of conviction. However… …while recognizing … Continue reading

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a degree of heroism

  If we consider all human beings to be heroes or heroines, as I suggested last week… …perhaps that cheapens the idea of heroism… …until it becomes completely meaningless. On the other hand… …if I see myself as a hero … Continue reading

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Making Sense of a Contradiction

  “Few movies are ever made about sick people courageously taking a doctor’s advice.”                   — Roger Ebert, from Life Itself: A Memoir When I heard that quote, I suddenly realized a contradiction… Though we celebrate individual heroism in story and … Continue reading

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Tools of Heroism

To best serve our purposes, the new mythology needs an expanded definition of hero (see entries for 11/02 and 10/26). So I offer this insight from Joseph Campbell, as recorded in The Power of Myth, with Bill Moyers: “We are … Continue reading

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Mirror Mirror

I was stunned… …when political satirist Bill Maher, shortly after the 9/11 attacks, asked if the terrorists might be considered heroes. However, trying to keep an open mind, I questioned my resistance to that idea. Could those men possibly fit … Continue reading

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