The Eclipse of the Hero-Leader

So Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, just as the Lord had said. The Lord buried him in a valley near Beth-peor in Moab, but to this day no one knows the exact place. Deuteronomy 34:5‭-‬6 NLT

Sometimes it looks like leaders will live forever. They do go home , however. Moses climbed Mount Nebo by himself, then the Pisgah peak. I just kept wondering, they let him go alone? Everyone knew he was not coming back. Like a true hero, he never did. Someone describes a hero as being, ” …essentially a main character in a narrative who behaves in a brave or exemplary way. When the audience looks at the hero, they admire him for possessing valuable moral traits”. Recently, people have begun to study heroes and what make them act as they do. Here’s a snippet, ” Researchers have offered different definitions of exactly what makes a hero, but most suggest that heroism involves prosocial, altruistic actions that involve an element of personal risk or sacrifice”. The irony is that unlike some of our political actors, heroes are characterized by at least twelve elements, if we consider the publication of The Journal of Personality and social psychology in 2015. Among them are:Bravery, Conviction, Courage, Determination, Helpful, Honesty, Inspirational, Moral integrity, Protective, Self-sacrifice, Selflessness, Strength. They were not describing Moses. It just happens to fit the character of Moses as a leader. What will such a Journal say about you at your departure? The soldier who watched Jesus die confessed: this was truly the son of God. What will your literature or history say about you?

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