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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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A Better Heroic

From the look of the movie trailers… …Amelia, the new biopic about Amelia Earhart, appears to take a heroic approach to the aviator’s life… …which disappoints me. What do I mean by “heroic approach”? Well, I expect the movie to … Continue reading

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