The Hero Versus the Saint and the Path Chosen

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The Hero Versus The Saint And The Path Chosen “The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by. The saint is the man who walks through the dark paths of the world, himself a light.” Felix Adler (American educator and founder of the Ethical Movement 1851-1933) This quote by Professor Adler exacts my true understanding of these two perspectives. The hero’s immediate view of the world is one who has a pre-defined place in humanity and sets out to conquer all duties and responsibilities in whatever that role is. His vision is clear and concise and is based upon knowledge that he has gained from those that came before him or from his own interpretation of how to go about mastering his goal. He achieves his successes in knowing that when obstacles arise, he meets those challenges head on and spares no expense at completing them. Nothing gets in the way of his accomplishment and deviation from that plan is perceived as failure The saint, on the other hand, sees life at a different angle. His definition of his life goals are linked to his connections with others. His primary purpose in life is not centered on what he has to gain but more so how his success will fortify the relationships that he holds dear. The saint’s focus is in being able to reach heights in life by moving with love as the driving force. In order for him to feel successful and at peace with himself, his responsibility is to be mindful of the welfare of others. The hero and the saint may ultimately have the same goal, to be successful in life, but that is where their similarities end. The path they choose to reach this goal differs greatly just as much as ultimately what exactly they perceive as success. The hero pursues his feat by going to great lengths and through adversity in order to realize what is necessary to

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