Out of the mist of time and imagination have stepped great heroes, whose stories have graced the silver screen to become an integral part of our cultural consciousness: Moses, King Arthur, Joan of Arc, Abraham Lincoln, Indiana Jones, Nelson Mandela, Rocky Balboa, Erin Brokovich, Batman, and Luke Skywalker, just to name a few.
The main function of heroes is to exemplify a society’s ideals, morals and values. Their virtues transcend time and place to become universal values worthy of emulation, such as, honor, duty, courage, loyalty, compassion, and self-sacrifice.
Throughout history, each generation has produced great heroes, who have left their mark on the world. One notable constant among these fictional or historic characters is that they were born out of conflict. By boldly rising to the challenges before them, they have taken their places among our constellation of heroes. It is why we are drawn to their stories. They represent the best of what it means to be human. [Read more…]