In Defense of the Heroic

Updated: Dec 16, 2019


Soldiers on parade in Den Haag, Netherlands. Photo by Anna Ogiienko on Unsplash
Soldiers on parade in Den Haag, Netherlands. Photo by Anna Ogiienko on Unsplash

“The heroic books, even if printed in the character of our mother tongue, will always be in a language dead to degenerate times ...”

Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau wrote those words in the mid-19th Century for his distinguished book, Walden. They rang true then and they ring true today. Of course there will be those who say we do not live in degenerate times, that we live in the greatest of all ages, that our technological and social achievements are pressing us towards some utopia, but those who are true students of history and have open eyes might argue otherwise, or at least they might hold more than a little skepticism about the potential greatness of the immediate future.


Whether or not we live in a degenerate age, we are in need of heroes more than ev