Back when I was in school, one of my teachers would say, "Tell me who you admire, and you're telling me who you are and who you want to be." Of course, this was in an attempt to get us to think about whether or not we should really be admiring rebellious rock and roll singers who died untimely deaths of drug overdoses. This teacher's statement only served me as a catchy way of stating a lesson my parents had worked to instill in me.
It came to mind on a recent visit to the Bayly brother's blog, where I read this. Apparently David Bayly believes that this guy belongs in his "pantheon of Midwestern heroes":
And what heroic act did this man commit? He shot his lawnmower with a shotgun. Not surprisingly, neighbors said he appeared to have been drinking at the time.
But, at least in Mr. Bayly's mind, all it takes to be a hero is to be so childish and lacking in self-control that, while under the influence of alcohol, you shoot your lawnmower because it doesn't start.
At least if you're a man. Mr. Bayly loves to go on and on about his views regarding Biblical roles for men and women. Somehow I doubt he'd be as admiring of a woman who looked like a homeless vagrant, drank too much, lost her temper, and shot the lawnmower. But I could be wrong.
What I do know is that Mr. Bayly's choice of heroes has certainly given me a deeper understanding in where he is coming from, who he is, and who he wants to be.
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