We Need Our National Mythology

You know what? We need our national mythology! In fact, with all these varmints on the left trying to tear it down, we need it more than ever.

Paladin, played by Richard Boone in Have Gun Will Travel, was “a knight without armor in a savage land.” So we had a whole passel of westerns on TV–all about moral and physical courage, standing up for what is right, thinking independently, and doing what needed to be done to tame the savage land. Maybe they were no more strictly historical than the King Arthur legends; but they pointed us in a good direction.

And I remember one time, going into the bookstore in the mall, hearing this theme song sung with incredible sweetness by a guy stacking the bottom shelves. I thank you for that memory, whoever you are.

We need our heroes back. It was an act of cultural suicide to get rid of them.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

5 responses to “We Need Our National Mythology

  • marlene

    Back on December 1776, Thomas Paine told us who our heroes should be today – he/she who stands by our country now, in its time of need, are those who deserve our love and our thanks:

    Thomas Paine, December, 1776: “THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; *but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.”

  • unknowable2

    I hope we have such people in our day.

  • thewhiterabbit2016

    I was reading in a book by Massimo Pigliucci today, “How To Be A Stoic.” One way offered was emulating people of good character. Marcus Cato was used as an example. What examples do we have today? I like Clarence Thomas, Tom Cotton, Robert Jefress, and some people in my life not well known. We need role models big time.

    • leeduigon

      I’ll even settle for fictional role models. Be like Prester Jod or Helki and you can’t go wrong.
      Plutarch’s whole work was based on providing good role models from history–plus a few bad ones, like Marc Antony, so you’d know what not to do.

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