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From Deborah Frieze and Margaret Wheatley in Leader to Leader Journal: America loves a hero. So does the rest of the world. Perhaps it’s our desire to be saved, to not have to do the hard work, to rely on someone else to figure things out. Constantly we are barraged by politicians presenting themselves as heroes, the ones who will fix everything and make our problems go away. It’s a seductive image, an enticing promise. Somewhere there’s someone who will make it all better. Somewhere, there’s someone who’s visionary, inspiring, brilliant, and we’ll all happily follow along. Somewhere…. Why do we continue to hope for heroes?
From The Alcalde: Two days after Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords was severely injured in a Tucson shooting, Bill Moyers — renowned journalist, former White House press secretary, and UT alum—found himself sitting in a radiology lab awaiting an MRI for a torn muscle. The only other person in the waiting room was a woman about his age. They made small talk and occasionally watched the muted TV tuned to a film filled with bloody car crashes and shootings. At one point, the stranger asked Moyers whether he was optimistic about America. “Sometimes I sense that it’s sinking like a great ship and not many of us are going to make it off,” the woman said. Struggling to answer, Moyers dodged the question until the technician called him. But since that day, Moyers said, he has regretted not answering her question.
From Marc Lesser: We are all heroes on our own journey. Sometimes we forget. Whatever we are doing, however mundane, however meaningful, this moment is unique and cannot be repeated.