what does this mean?
There’s this idea going around the past week or so of “living heroically.” As someone with extensive training in the Classics, I have to chuckle because I’m not sure folks realize what that technically means, but ok. I’ll go with it. But in our culture, as polytheists, exactly what does it mean for us to aspire to ‘live heroically?’
I mean, i’m guessing we’re not all going to be playing Achilles and going off to join Kurdish rebels fighting
Daesh, right? Or sacrificing ourselves in a bold military loss that proved the best morale booster for the homefront in history (Go, Leonidas!). And few of us go on majestic quests, conquer mythical beasts and ascend to the heights of Gods. (Herakles). So what does it mean for us to ‘live heroically.’
I love the sound of it i really do and I don’t, despite my jesting here, think it a foolish notion but it’s something I’d like to discuss. It sounds good to see it in print, but what exactly does it mean (with the caveat it’s likely one of those things that mean different things to different people based on what their Gods want of them).
So what are your thoughts, folks? What does ‘living heroically’ mean to you?