Heroic actions are often intuitive – even impulsive – rather than a product of thoughtful deliberation.
Study after study has shown that men tend to be more willing to put themselves in harm’s way to help others. Why some men rise to the occasion – and others don’t – has been a bit trickier to pin down.
A Ukrainian soldier wanders down a railway past the bodies of dead Russian soldiers on the outskirts of Irpin, Ukraine, March 1, 2022.
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The Russian army has fared poorly and the Ukrainian military has fared well, defying experts’ predictions about the war in Ukraine. Can children’s fairy tales help explain the difference?
An Argentine justice crusader who calls himself Menganno has been patrolling the streets of the city of Lanus since 2010. Netflix has now picked up his character.
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In Latin America, common citizens have often donned outlandish outfits and comic book-inspired personas to lead demonstrations and promote social change.
Stephen King famously called Jim Thompson’s Sheriff Lou Ford ‘the Great American Sociopath.’
The author’s novels, famous for their bleakly sociopathic depiction of American culture, testify to the insanity and abusiveness that surround us.
Julia Roberts interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci for a non-profit organization. Here, Roberts, left, at an Obama Foundation event in December 2019, and Fauci, right, in Washington on June 23.
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Just like in the days following 9/11, celebrities most successfully use their star power in the COVID-19 crisis when they appear to step out of the limelight, publicly praising first responders.
London in NHS colours.
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How politicians can benefit from a narrative of heroism.
Hope springs eternal – if you nurture it.
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Hope can be acquired. How? Here are some suggestions from an expert.
Kevin Vickers, former House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms, receives the Star of Courage at Rideau Hall from Gov. Gen. David Johnston in February 2016 to pay tribute to security services members who responded to the 2014 shooting on Parliament Hill. Vickers was lauded as a hero.
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We do a disservice to survivors of major tragedies when we call them “heroes.” Instead, we should change our policies and attitudes to help them truly survive the disaster.
Vladimir Putin has proposed changes to the Russian constitution, which could mark the start of a shift in his persona as a national hero.
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We don’t want to have to think about our role in creating the individuals who commit violence. Amazingly, Joker asks us to.
Roar of triumph: Ben Stokes the sporting hero.
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Ben Stokes has gone from villain to national hero. His story provides hope for us all.
Moms leave their mark.
Psychology researchers are interested in what makes a hero. Turns out many mothers tick off those same boxes by fulfilling a range of needs for their offspring.
Kevin Jackson, Robyn Hendricks and Ty King Wall in the Australian Ballet’s production of Spartacus.
When Spartacus and 70 or so of his comrades revolted and escaped from their gladiatorial school near Capua in 73 BC, everyone imagined the matter would soon be dealt with. But his rebellion has continued to inspire political movements.
Malian migrant Mamoudou Gassama met French president Emmanuel Macron on May 22, 2018. He was officially given French citizenship soon after.
What is a hero? If President Macron really likes heroes, shouldn’t he revise his idea of what he calls “economic migrants”?
Gil Birmingham (Cory) and Jeremy Renner (Martin) in Wind River: grieving fathers who come together in the realm of the dead.
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American cinema mines Greek myth most strongly at times of profound social anxiety. In the age of Trump, we are already seeing key political battlegrounds framed as underworld quests in film.
Kiep Bac temple, Vietnam, where people worship the hero Saint Tran.
One of the many roles of Vietnam’s fascinating “cult of heroes” is to ensure government control over religious feeling, channeling it into nationalism.
The authors of a new book have data that show politicians and the media love talking about heroes, but ordinary people are much more reluctant. That difference could have political consequences.
A mere celebrity poses on the red carpet.
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The ‘cult of celebrity’ is not as damaging to children as it may seem – but they do select their heroes and heroines from a fairly narrow world.
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
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Film sagas like Star Wars transcend the screen, connecting viewers to their pasts, to one another and to the hero within.
Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill are immortalised as political heroes, but both had personal issues that might have proved politically fatal today.
Every culture needs heroes. So when our political system becomes incapable of giving us any, where does that leave us?