Andrea: "Unhappy is the land that breeds no hero."
Galileo: "No, Andrea...Unhappy is the land that needs a hero."
--Bertolt Brecht, Galileo

"The fate of the hero is linked to the secularization and disenchantment of the modern world. Ours is said to be an age without God, without heroes, and, ultimately, without selves...a great many of us have lost our sense of self. Like Alice in Wonderland, we are unable to articulate who we are...ours is an age without heroes or in which heroism is reduced to mere celebrity...without cultural heroes common to all, who represent ideals, we may lose a common sense of what binds us (together) so our culture itself begins to fragment.
Heroes serve as centers of moral space. They signal to what one's life is called to or committed...(they) are more than figures we admire...in some way, we emotionally identify with a hero...they are further along on our journey, because they have responded to the same call to which we respond...We stand with our heroes, to uphold the values they uphold. For those who have them, heroes are an important inner marker of identity. They are a part of the landscape of the soul.
If it is true that we lost our sense of heroic calling, then the 3 losses---the loss of God, the loss of heroes, and the loss of selves---seem to go together. God, heroes, and selves all partake of the sacred while the central tendency in the collective life of modern and postmodern culture is profoundly profane and secular.
Moral vision is essential to selfhood (identity). Traditionally, in the west, God was the source and foundation of the good (godly)...the heroic is itself closely tied to a religious sensibility, a sensibility, we are seeing, that seems on the wane. The word hero comes from the Greek 'heros' (as referenced by Dad in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"), meaning "God-person," the person charged with the charisma of the holy and sacred...for those who have them, heroes (usually, statistically) symbolize (embody) moral (godly) ideals...humility, integrity, dedication, vision, and courage." ---Douglas V. Porpora

"No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men."-Carlyle

According to Marshall Fishwick, "the search and need for heroes is inherent in human history...(but) heroes have become increasingly attenuated (reduced in force and value) with secularization (worldliness, irreligious). In ancient times heroes were demigods, in the middle ages they were God's representatives, in the Renaissance they were truth-seekers, and in the 19th century=self-made men. Today, there has been a kind of leveling of heroes (with the rise of capitalism). The charismatic (godly) hero, the hero bespeaking transcendental horizons, is (as) dead..."
Leo Lowenthal documents, "a shift during the early 20th century in the kind of heroes celebrated by the media. Whereas before, American capitalism lauded 'idols of production,' people who actually do something...after WWII, media heroes became mere 'idols of consumption,' athletes, movie stars, and entertainers. This shift reflects a greater cultural orientation toward leisure lives." "Celebrities have replaced heroes in modern culture. Whereas heroes were famous because they were great, clebrities are great because they are famous. the celebrity is a person known for his well-knownness (and moral neutrality or negativity). Celebrities are not moral beacons that fill us with purpose, but empty receptacles into which we pour our own purposeless (fitting heroes for an age without metanarratives=big stories w/ absolutes, truth and reference pts)"-Daniel Boorstin

''Christianity has survived (and thrived) miraculously, in the midst of terrible dangers, chiefly because it has found concrete embodiment in human lives of persuasive quality, and the most persuasive of all qualities is that of genuine affection. One demonstration is worth a hundred arguments, for though doctrines may be impressive, it is experience that is convincing."
-Elton Trueblood

"Let us not be complacent about our supposed capacity to get along without great men. If our society has lost its wish for heroes and its ability to produce them, it may well turn out to have lost everything else as well."-Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

The purpose of this blog is to ignite hope and inspire heroism. Every life story and truth testimony told here may serve to invite us to intimacy with the Living God, while calling us to courageous action.
Brothers and sisters, "hear the word of the Lord...the people who know their God shall be strong (courageously loyal), and carry out heroic deeds-Dan.11:32...return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope (God dreamers). Even today...I will restore double to you. For I have bent Judah (praise and thanks), My bow, fitted with Ephraim (fruitfulness and harvest), and raised up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and made you like the hero's sword-Zech.9:12-13...keep your eyes open, stand fast in the faith (hold to your convictions), be brave (heroic, be strong with relentless love-1Cor.16:12-13.
My desire is the same as the journalist on "Enemy at The Gates:"....to give you "hope!...another way-a way of courage, a way of love...We must publish again the magnificent stories that exalt sacrifice and bravery-that make us believe in victory and give hope...yes, we need to make examples-but, examples to follow. What we need are heroes!.....'Do you know any heroes around here?'...YES, comrad...I KNOW ONE!"



Heb.11:38..."of whom the world was not worthy."
Ps.88:12 "Shall Your wonders be known in the dark?
And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?"

The Bible is full of stories of real faith & real life. It places a heavy emphasis on historical awareness-remembering the ways & wonders of God while rehearsing the life journeys of men & women. English author John H.Y.Briggs said,"historical awareness is essential for the health & well being of any society...it enables us to know who we are, why we're here & what we should do." I believe we desperately need to hear again of heroic lives & historical perspectives that may serve to free us from the arrogance & amnesia that marks our day. "History must be our deliverer, not only from the undue influence of other times, but from the undue influence of our own...from the tyranny of the environment, & the pressures of the air we breathe"-Lord Acton.
We are all created to feed on "good news," & called to communicate the "word of our testimony." We should never forget that the full record of God's history is in our possession-it is HIS-story. It is our inheritance, & we are to be guardians & heralds of it. Every Biblical retelling & rehearing inspires faith; & every life story (testimony) increases expectation while inviting us to intimacy with the Living GOD.
I am (here) committed to remembering & retelling the stories of heroes of faith who have stood out with remarkable peculiarity.

"In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change & pass, bodies disappear, but spirits linger--to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls.
And reverent men & women from afar, & generations that know us not, & that we know not of,
heart drawn to see where & by whom great things were suffered & done for them,
shall come to this deathless field, to ponder & dream; & lo! The shadow of a mighty presence shall wrap them in its bosom, & the power of the vision pass into their souls!...
This is the great reward of service. To live, far out & on, in the life of others.
This is the mystery of the Christ-to give life's best for such high stake
that it shall be found again unto life eternal."

-Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain-1889 Gettysburg reflection

May we all "remember the years of the right hand of the Most High...retelling for generations to come the praises of the Lord, His strength & wonderful works that HE has done"-Ps.77:1o, 78:4.