Cultural Heroes

According to Wikipedia:

“A culture hero is a mythological hero specific to some group (cultural, ethnic, religious, etc.) who changes the world through invention or discovery. A typical culture hero might be credited as the discoverer of fire, or agriculture, songs, tradition, law or religion, and is usually the most important legendary figure of a people, sometimes as the founder of its ruling dynasty.”

So who are America’s cultural heroes?

George Washington is certainly one, as is Abraham Lincoln. Perhaps Oprah, even Obama for some? Superman is another, and Spiderman.

Since I grew up in Seattle, tons of people I know looked up to Jimi Hendrix and Bill Gates.

It kind of makes me wonder… who are my heroes?

More on that later.


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