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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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The Sinking of a Belief

  I must be more careful when taking lessons from history… For example: I found meaning in the way gentlemen aboard the Titanic stood on the upper deck, calmly smoking their cigars as the giant ship sank… …whereas passengers on … Continue reading

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Unambiguous Response to the Ambiguous Hero

  Thinking about our hero stories (see last post)… …brought me to consider the stories of my boyhood. Like most American boys of my era, I wanted the adventures of Daniel Boone and Tarzan. I wanted stories about unambiguous heroes … Continue reading

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In a Brown Study

  Our mythologies and religions tell us who we are. They tell us psychological truths. With that in mind, should our new mythology include stories from psychological studies?  Don’t such studies ask us to consider the mysteries of the human … Continue reading

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Better to Think Greek

  I think our new mythology would do well to adopt the Greek idea of heroism. The heroes of ancient Greek mythology performed great deeds… …and also, at times, great misdeeds. Achilles might carry the day against the Trojans… …or … 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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