Why do we need heroes

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Why do we need heroes

By | September 2011
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Why do we need heroes?

Every era and every person once recognized one or more outstanding people to be their personal heroes. This merely for the reason that we, as common people, sometimes feel so insignificant in comparison to the great deeds and grand events that are happening around us. We identify our own heroes when in need of inspiration or strength to achieve something important. We look up to those whom we can connect to our current life choices, present challenges or even when we strive to overcome our weaknesses. When we try to set up goals in our lives, we think of great minds or great achievers, trying to put ourselves in the mindset of those people. We wish we were that determined, that strong, that smart or even that persistent. The choice of our heroes may change over time. Heroes in our minds and our hearts evolve as we grow up and mature. The childhood heroes are more or less of the same type of people. Whereas, when we reach different points in life, when we set our priorities knowing precisely what we are trying to reach and achieve, we involuntarily seek for and recognize other types of heroes. I, myself have gone through many different stages in life, and have always tried not to have idols or heroes from the world of history or politics. This is for the pure reason of the relativity of history or politics, knowing that history is written by the winners, one-sidedly, and both past and current politics is dictated by the powerful ones. Being involved in politics for over 12 years, I learned that it is quite dangerous to identify politicians as heroes. My heroes change every day as I mature, as I learn and evolve as a person, as a parent, as a wife, as a friend and as a colleague. In my adolescent years, when I was carefree and only in the beginning of identifying myself in the world, my heroes were musicians, composers, conductors, painters, movie directors and writers. Over the years, and I can’t avoid mentioning the war in the nineties,...