Posted by Marcia on July 25, 1999 at 09:07:18:
In Reply to: Re: Interesting, but strange posted by Petra on July 24, 1999 at 22:55:34:
: : There are several different things at play here that you may not understand, or that just may affect you differently. While I do not believe anyone wishes for a monarchy in America, I think it is a perfectly natural human condition to wish for a HERO from time to time. We may not always pick the right people, but we are certainly not abnormal for looking for someone we can hold up as an example of the things we would like to find in ourselves.
: >>> Marcia, yes, I understand that. Maybe it's just that I sometimes wonder why the masses often pick heros who did so little to deserve that status other than being their parents' child while the real heros, those without glitz whose backs are bent from working for others, often go through life unnoticed.
: I perfectly understand your admiration for the President JFK, though.
Again, I do not believe people considered John Jr. a hero...YET! It was the HOPE of what he might become that moved so many of us. As for simply being "his parent's child," I guess that is something you either have to feel in your heart, or go on being unable to understand. Most of us took John-John to our hearts when he was a little boy in Camelot, and there he has remained. There are some things in life that cannot be explained away by cold, hard logic. Perhaps this is one of them...
And again, we cannot pay tribute to people we are not aware of. We cannot grieve for personal tragedies we don't hear about. Most of the "unsung heroes" you describe are not in the public eye for one reason or another, often their own choice, and it isn't the lack of glitz that causes their anonymity at all.
As for "understanding my admiration for President JFK," truth to tell, I suspect his son was a more honorable man in many ways, having thus far avoided most of the more typical Kennedy pitfalls. This is why so many of us felt he had inherited the best qualities of BOTH of his parents and, combined with the Kennedy drive to serve his country, might have become just the hero we'd all love to have. He was a work still in progress, but now we'll never know.
As I said, this is something you either feel in your heart, or you don't. I can't explain it any better than that.
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