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Heroes

It’s been said there are no longer heroes.  This presupposes all heroism to be resident in times past; days of yesteryear.  Fond recollection, now absent.

Growing up, my heroes were individuals who set goals, aspired to them and surpassed them.  Harry Houdini, Thomas Jefferson, and Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali).  All these men lived up to their egos and surpassed their goals.  And stood for something.

I remember a story about Alexander Hamilton visiting Jefferson at Monticello, and noting the three portraits in the foyer:  Sir Issac Newton, John Locke and Francis Bacon.  Hamilton asked Jefferson who the portraits were.  He proudly identified them as the three greatest men who ever lived.  Hamilton responded, “I thought Julius Caesar was the greatest man who ever lived!”  We all have our heroes.

Today, heroism seems to be populated with military folk – many of whom ARE heroes, and sports or Hollywood figures.  And that’s fine, such as it is.

But, see what The Art of Manliness came up with:

Manvotional: There Is Always a Time for Heroism

by BRETT & KATE MCKAY

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“There Is Always a Time for Heroism”
By GR Jordan
From The Emerging Revival, 1946

Once Wendell Phillips and a young friend were sitting by the fire. It was a memorable evening. Recollections had flushed the cheeks of the veteran campaigner. Memories of former heroic days had loosened his tongue. He had completely lost himself in the thrilling recital of the past. The young visitor sat enthralled. At last, when he recognized that the evening was far gone, he rose with a start. “Mr. Phillips,” he exclaimed, as he grasped the older man’s hand, “if I had lived in your time, I think I would have been heroic too!” The veteran, who had accompanied his young visitor to the door, was noticeably aroused. As he pointed down the street, he drew the attention of his companion to flaunting indications of audacious vice. His voice was tremulous with indignation as he exclaimed: “Young man, you are living in my time, and in God’s time! Be sure of this:  No man could have been heroic then who is not heroic now.

Be heroic now.

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

Discussion

10 thoughts on “Heroes

  1. It’s been my experience that most are unaware of any particular heroism until after the fact. There’s just “what’s happening now” and “what shall I do about it?”.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | October 7, 2013, 9:00 am
  2. Nice read this morning Guff.

    sports or Hollywood figures

    Meh. Generally they don’t qualify. Celebrity is often confused by the LSM as heroism.
    Unless an athlete ran fast to save a stranger from a dog attack or Joe Hollywood jumped to push a kid out of the way of a bus, most of their endeavors fall under “fascinating and fun to watch” but not heroic IMHO.
    The PGA Tour gives more money to charity than the NFL, NBA & NHL combined. Heroic? I’m not sure.
    Kids getting treated in hospitals with donation money is certainly noble but it’s a subjective line between the two.

    Posted by KM | October 7, 2013, 9:20 am
  3. Forgot to add…Be heroic now…something that really needs to happen in these “interesting times.”

    Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2013, 9:24 am
  4. Right. What you’re made of doesn’t change , just what timeline you live in.

    Posted by gpcox | October 7, 2013, 12:22 pm
  5. Very well said gfa. My heroes are indeed personal, but they are heroes indeed.

    Posted by brigid | October 8, 2013, 9:57 am

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