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105 | Heroism and Immortality

Well, we saw Avengers Endgame. So this podcast's got spoilers, but it gives us the opportunity to talk about heroes, heroism, and what our cultural moment is doing with the two. Buckle up for archetypes of the hero, the human heart and how to live in view of the formation of virtue.

From Faulkner: "The young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat.

He must learn them again. He must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid; and, teaching himself that, forget it forever, leaving no room in his workshop for anything but the old verities and truths of the heart, the old universal truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed – love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice. Until he does so, he labors under a curse. He writes not of love but of lust, of defeats in which nobody loses anything of value, of victories without hope and, worst of all, without pity or compassion."

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