Where are the Real Heroes?

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Why are we all chasing excitement? It is so temporary. And yet we want our children to get excited about anything. So they are exposed to inner-earth people flying on giant birds, battling monsters… at least that’s what the ad promotes. Or young people taking to the woods to murder each other. I’m told Grade 3 children are reading Hunger Games. That’s not excitement, that’s horror! So it has become the trend to promote fantasy and violence. In real life, fantasy is in the mind and violence is abhorred. At least people still react with horror to it. Children of today begin life innocently. They are not looking for monsters. They’re not inviting violence. Why do authors think those ingredients are required in order to sell books? All I see are anti-heroes. Where are stories about real heroes? Where are there plots about people who strive to accomplish something to benefit humanity? Where are there stories about love for family and kindness and understanding for those in need? Where is humour? Stories about real heroes like Marie Curie, who put her research to cure cancer on hold in order to save lives in World War I; or Hippocrates, who taught the ethics of medical practice and became known as the “Father of Medicine”; or Joseph Lister, who taught the medical community about the concept of antiseptic surgery; these are real heroes, and children love to hear about them and are inspired by their work. I know, because I’ve been reading stories about these real heroes to children in their classrooms and they love them! Meg      

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