question of the weekend: Where are our heroes?
This weekend’s question comes from reader Todd, who says:
OK, just finished watching “The Right Stuff,” and it occurred to me: Where are OUR heroes? You look at the late fifties through the late sixties and you have Chuck Yeager, Scott Crossfield, John Stapp, the Mercury 7, the Apollo astronauts, Yuri Gagarin, Alexei Leonov. Truly a time of giants. Where are our heroes?
Excellent question. It seems like the only public “heroes” we have these days are celebrities and athletes. Where are the people doing truly significant things — things not related to entertainment — who receive widespread public acclaim? Or are we living in a time of only hardworking anonymous heroes (teachers, firefighters, soldiers, etc.)? If so, why? Have our ambitions as a society become so constrained that we’re simply not taking on big challenges — like space travel — anymore?
Where are our heroes?
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