A heroic Christianity

It has been argued that the world today is without real heroes. That because there are so few contemporary examples of great courage, people find little to inspire them to noble endeavors. Collective apathy and even a diminishing of individual integrity are sometimes linked to the belief that heroism is currently in short supply.

Yet, part of the problem may actually be that we are looking for heroes in the wrong way, not that there are no men and women of considerable courage to be found. Too often, people seem to be hoping for a fictional superman to come to their rescue, perhaps counting on either brute force or human prestige and influence. But closer at hand there may in fact already be remarkable instances of quiet dignity or of outstanding victories over severe struggles.

THE WHITE COUCH and the high-school party
August 2, 1982

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