Righteous rebellion

Ancient Greeks prized one quality above all others in their heroes: self-sacrifice. In fact, the word hero comes from a Greek root that means “to protect and to serve.” A hero willingly sacrifices his or her own needs, often risking his or her own safety on behalf of others.

And the Greeks valued one specific expression of self-sacrifice above all: the capacity to mount righteous rebellion against unrighteous authority. Picture legendary Theseus, who risked his life traveling to the heart of the death-trap labyrinth of Crete to slay King Minos’s Minotaur, the beast that daily devoured Theseus’s fellow Greek citizens. Theseus exemplified the heart and courage of a true hero.

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January 10, 2011
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