Does our need for heroes hurt us?


Truth-telling. Exposing lies. Transparency. Honesty. Humility. Wisdom. This is the new heroism.

Now, for example, humility. This isn't to say that Assange is humble in the traditional sense. The kind of humility this suggests is that we ought to know and admit our weaknesses sooner than later, and repair the damage we may have caused because of them now.

Shellenberger's insight and admission ought to be incredibly damaging and threatening to the rush to power, to its privileges and abuses, that we see so prevalently today.

It's a serious problem.

I see a parallel to the economy, to politics, to society. It is said that the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer, and the middle class is vanishing. That is, the distance between those with wealth and those without increases. Therefore, poverty is on the rise. It is the same with power. I suggest that the distance between those with power and influence and those without it is increasing. Therefore, abuse is on the rise. People are being abused on an ever-increasing level in the church simply because those in power can get away with it. It comes with the territory.

Until they stop we speak up.

There are people willing to desire heroes.

There are people who want to be heroes.

There are people who are enamored by their brilliance.

There are people who want their circle of influence magnified.

There are people who will hurt others to see this happen.

There are people who will abuse their power to enjoy harmful privileges.

There are people who will neglect, marginalize, and silence those who interfere.

Are these people us?

This is what we must ask ourselves now.

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