I wrote about our need for heroes over at Aeteia:
Modern society seems to find it tough to find heroes. Instead of turning to the saints, we often look to celebrities (who often aren’t real heroes) or to superheroes (who often aren’t real).
Where can we find heroes for ourselves and for the next generation? In an almost hero-less society, we can’t go about it in a haphazard way.
I like the suggestion Wendy Shalit made (she’s the author of A Return to Modesty, if the name sounds vaguely familiar but you can’t put a finger on it). She says “we must all somehow, step up and become heroes for one another.”
So often, we can look for role models but Shalit’s comment reminds us that if we want heroes or role models for adults and for kids, we ourselves need to become those people.