Where Have All the Heros Gone?

Besides you, who or where else does your child look to for a role model, i.e., a hero? That should be a question I think we should asking ourselves, and to be honest with you, there’s not much out there.

Let us hope it is not anyone in Hollywood. Brad leaving Jennifer to have a baby with Angelina while still married to Jennifer is not what we would want our kids to emulate. Tom having a baby with Katie, preaching Scientology, wanting an ultrasonic machine so he can watch the baby grow, and criticizing Brook for seeking help is a case study of a supposedly all-American boy descending into the land of idiocy and self-indulgence. And then there are the various Hollywood elites that rail against the American system that made them rich, protest against world-wide poverty & personal gun ownership, and then disappear into their million-dollar mansions with their armed bodyguards. Hmm, no John Wayne there…

What about Washington? Politicians make promises they will never keep, lie, cheat, & steal, all to get power & re-elected. With the constant bickering, sniping, backstabbing, power plays, partisanship, flip-flopping, and scandals, who would want to look there for a role model? Not my kid…

How about sports? Uh, yeah… Soccer is now going through the head-butting finger-pointing phase because two players cannot be professionals. Home-run kings get caught using corked bats and steroids. Football players not only have problems with steroids, but seem to have problems with home violence. Let us not even mention professional wrestling! Even golf is not immune as no one seems to realize that Tiger has a problem with profane language because it is not publicized. And players unions seem to have a strike (or the threat of one) almost every year their contract is up for renegotiation. (I thought the purpose of sports was to provide clean, wholesome fun & entertainment with acts of sportsmanship. Not anymore, not when the players collecting multi-million dollar paychecks act like spoiled children & fight, tickets are outrageous, and the drunk behind you curses constantly & spills beer down your back…)

Business leaders, then? Not when they pay themselves millions in bonuses while the company disintegrates around them, and the employees are forced out of work or take pay & benefit cuts to keep their jobs. What lesson would your child learn from this example?

You know, it doesn’t take a village to raise a child, no matter what the World’s Smartest Woman says in her book. We need to keep the kids out of the village because the idiots are running it. With that being said, you, the parent, are the person that your child should look up to. If not, then you had better find out why & change it, because there aren’t a whole lot of good examples out there to take your place.

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About Tom Roland

EE for 25 Years, Two Patents - now a certified PMP. Married twice, burned once. One son with Asperger's Syndrome. Two cats. Conservative leaning to the Right. NRA Life Member.
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One Response to Where Have All the Heros Gone?

  1. Tom says:

    You have a good weekend, too!
    jimmyb | Homepage | 07.14.06 – 8:41 am | #

    Oops.
    Wrong post.
    Sorry.

    But do have a good weekend!

    It is kind of sad that today’s heros are kind of flawed heros at best, and complete anti-heros at worst.

    All the more reason that parents living by example are so important.
    jimmyb | Homepage | 07.14.06 – 10:00 am | #

    I think there are so sports heros still out there–Peyton Manning, Jerome Bettis and some political ones too–Evan Bayh, Richard Lugar. Unfortunately, we don’t hear much about the good guys and girls. Have a great weekend.
    Teresa | Homepage | 07.14.06 – 2:18 pm | #

    Teresa! Payton rubbed his butt into a female trainers face while in college. I am hero enough for my family.
    Tom C | Homepage | 07.14.06 – 8:46 pm | #

    My kids find plenty of heros in our church – my pastor, and so many of the wonderful folk there. Beyond that, they find them in books and the assorted real characters out there in history and the world – MLK, Gandhi, Reepicheep the Mouse, Sherlock Holmes, Hermione…

    It can be difficult, having good role models. It’s a good reason for having friends of great character.
    Dan Trabue | Homepage | 07.15.06 – 1:07 am | #

    The point is that our children should not have to look outside the home for a role model to emulate, but look to their parents. In my experience, friends, pastors, and other public figures will eventually let you down (yes, I know it’s sad, but it is true.)
    Tom | Homepage | 07.15.06 – 3:59 pm | #

    I know all too many parents who lack certain parenting skills. Let alone, behave as exemplary role models for their kids to emulate.
    wordsmith | Homepage | 07.15.06 – 10:56 pm | #

    The best compliment I can get is when someone says I am just like my mom!
    jgf | Homepage | 07.17.06 – 12:55 am | #

    “In my experience, friends, pastors, and other public figures will eventually let you down”

    Ahh, but given the human condition, even parents can let down children (sad but true, says this parent) and if they are our only role models, then where are we?

    You know, the old wisdoms really are true: It does take a village to raise a child. We are our brothers’ keepers. We should look out for the least of these.

    The nice thing about my human community is, even with all our frailty and tendency to fail, is that we are not ALL likely to fail at the same time.
    Dan Trabue | Homepage | 07.20.06 – 11:03 am | #

    funny, i’m starting my own blog and wanted to write about this same question. so i just googled it and found your post. i’m a parent and am sadden by the lack of character in so many of our public figures. i’ve been searching for someone who is a champion for the rights of those who can’t fight, someone is gives of themselves for the good of all, a hero, a revolutionary even. while i hope that my child looks up to me and sees the heroic aspects of her parents’ personality, i don’t think that will suffice. this person needs to have a loud voice in the public forum. i like your blog though. the points to ponder part is cool. once my blog is up and has substance, maybe i’ll link back to you. nice post.
    cybil silberman | 09.04.06 – 11:57 pm | #

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