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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Hero Worship Gone Astray . . .

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Today CNN interviewed a teenage girl . . . They asked her if she felt cheated because her hero had let her down?

We are so quick to judge . . . I’m not defending Michael Vick . . . I don’t care about that. I’m more concerned that we put these people on such a high pedestal for playing sports, being President, being in the movies . . . Never once does anyone put someone up there because they are a good person.

And then we expect them to be good people . . . So many had to sacrifice that just to survive the battle that got them there in the first place. That’s irony . . . Like worshiping a soldier, a combat pilot and then finding out he killed thousands . . .

Parents have to mold their child’s view of life, not add fuel to the flames. Maybe we expect too much of a hero, maybe a favorite musician is just that . . . Good at what they do.

Now my heroes don’t play sports, they aren’t in politics, don’t have all the money in the world, but they have given of themselves, sacrificed something for the better of mankind. And even with all I know about them, they can just as easily fall from grace because of some unknown scandal . . .

But I hold them above everyone because of an action, not because of all the other little nothings. They were people, first and people aren’t perfect . . . People like Gandhi, Abe Lincoln, Ben Franklin, Martin Luther King, and some pretty great writers.

And so we judge . . . And someday we’ll be judged.

Dan Hanosh
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