Feb 04

Contemporary Heroes and Heroines

A hero (heroine) in Greek mythology and folklore was originally a demigod.  Their cult being one of the most distinctive features of ancient Greek religion.  Later, heroes and heroines came to refer to characters who in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self sacrifice – that is heroism – for some greater good of all humanity.

In Joseph Campbell’s, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, he presents the concept  of a story archetype of the standard “hero’s” quest which is pervasive across all cultures  of what a hero represents, despite vastly different cultures and beliefs.

  1. The departure on a quest
  2. Reacting to the test
  3. A happy ending

Which is the story of each of us.  The Hero as Self offers the most viable alternative to solve so many social issues. The hero/heroine as someone of admirable traits or qualities and achievements who rises up to meet their challenges  in the pursuit of their dreams.



“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Christopher Reeve





“The hero, therefore, is the man or woman who has been able to battle past his personal and local historical limitations.” Joseph Campbell

“The hero is the one with ideas.” Jack Welch

“Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes over night. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.” Eleanor Roosevelt





“Man’s greatest actions are performed in minor struggles. Life, misfortune, isolation, abandonment and poverty are battlefields which have their heroes – obscure heroes who are at times greater than illustrious heroes.” Victor Hugo
“Adversity is an opportunity for heroism.” Mary Levy



“I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.” Bob Dylan

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes.” Maya Angelou


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