Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Life Cycle of a Hero

I have been thinking of a series of Hero posts for a while. I haven’t posted any yet because I don’t have my comments in line. I want to say something about how important it is for children to have a hero and some type of security and hope for the future and conversely how important it is for adults to be looked at, by someone, by anyone, as heroic and valued. Then I wanted to suggest, that while this is true for both genders, it appears to particularly resonate for boys and men leading to some examples of true greatness and true tragedy. I wanted to wrap this up with some humorous antidote or observation and present it in a polished, well thought out composition. But I can’t. The arrangement escapes me, as does the humor. And while

there is not a clear parallel for the recent tragedy, I can’t help but think there is a subtle truth.

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection. -- Sigmund Freud
Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
I think we all see ourselves as the heroes in our own lives. - Tom Hiddleston
As you get older, it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary. - Ernest Hemingway
There comes a time when the world no longer needs heroes. And then the true hero knows to walk away. ― Michael Grant

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