Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Decline of Heroes and Our Identity Crisis

David Wells has said that "the decline of heroes and heroines who embody noble virtues and their replacement by celebrities, not to mention antiheroes, is an important ingredient in our difficulties with identity" (Losing Our Virtue, 132).

If this is so, how then shall we live? What might our response be? Well, we probably ought to be on the lookout for heroes. We should look for people who have finished well, read about their lives, and seek to emulate in our own lives what is worthy of imitation from theirs.

It's high time, therefore, to start reading more biographies and history. Tolle lege!

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