Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio,
Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
Pondering heroes of today with a national and global viewpoint.
Do we even have them? Do we need them?
Not that I think there aren’t heroes….firefighters, police, 1st responders, nurses and doctors and the like…..or those who, under some circumstance, act with bravery and perform heroic acts. It happens every hour, every day, across the globe. Even our parents/siblings/relatives/friends can fit this role on a more personal level.
There are certainly many I admire for their vision, changes which better society as a whole, spiritual guidance, or those fighting wrongs in the world.
Have our biggest heroes been a product of (past) nationalism at a time where we all needed a boost, something to look to, some hope?
Were Newton, Einstein, and Tesla ever heroes?
What about Churchill, Ford, or Earhart? Lennon, Barry Bonds, or King, Jr?
Are Malala or Pope Francis modern day heroes?
Is there some criteria we use to define a Hero on a national or global scale?
Are the heroes of today it nothing but heroic illusions and adornment of the rich and famous?
What’s that you say, Mrs. Robinson.
Jolting Joe has left and gone away,