The media recently discovered evidence of the Catholic church’s efforts to sweep accusations of sexual abuse under the rug. This has happened before, and probably will again, but these revelations are the latest addition to an ever-growing list of ousted people and organizations who have abused their power and took advantage of those without it. Many put their faith in the guidance the church provides, but the recent allegations against it has shaken the core of the institution and leaves those who follow its teachings to question the integrity of the leaders they trust.
Lately, the news has been filled with reports of misconduct perpetrated by those we put our faith in. From Bill Cosby to Asia Argento, our employers to government offices, there seems to be few places we can put our trust in. People we once admired, called role-models, and proclaimed heroes continue to disappoint us and leave us scratching our heads asking if there is anyone out there to look up to.
Our public persona is a mask we wear. When we’re behind closed doors or there’s nobody around, the mask comes off and our true selves are revealed. Our perspectives, morals, and behaviors are significantly different when no one is looking because we do not have to adhere to societal pressure. While our minds probably venture to darker places during times when the mask is off (probably more than some would ever admit), it would seem that those in the public eye wear the thickest masks to hide some pretty ugly truths.
We all know what we, as individuals, are capable of thinking/doing when in private, but we don’t know what other people are doing and that thought is terrifying. The church, celebrities, politicians—people who are supposed to lead us with honesty and integrity—come out with their masks on and lie directly to our faces while concealing their true intentions and desires. Often times they tell us to live and think a certain way but hypocritically do the things they tell us not to do when the spotlight isn’t on them (a good example of this can be found here).
Maybe it’s the money, power, drugs, fame, or exposure to a life we’ll never obtain or understand, but it’s obviously time to stop putting confidence into these entities and people.
Maybe, we should put our faith and confidence in ourselves because, in the end, the only person we can really count on to do the right thing is ourselves. Perhaps, if you live by your principles and become the person you want your role-models to be, you may find that you can be your own hero.
Tired of your role-models letting you down? Do you have what it takes to be your own hero? What do you think it takes to be a hero? Please let us know what you think in the comments section below!