Heroes Wanted

by Patrick Liew on March 28, 2016


The distribution of the book on Lee Kuan Yew to secondary school students has gone somewhat viral and generated a variety of different responses, including apprehension and fear that it will will snowball into a cult of personality.

While blind worship of mortal humans is unwise, not having heroes to look up to and model after is also foolish.

At the core of successful communities and societies is the need for heroes and for narratives of their lives and achievements to inspire their people to live at a higher level.

When we stop having new heroes, the bedrock of our success may be shaken.

As humans, we need heroes to be our pacesetters and motivate us.

In many ways, we stop having heroes not because we have grown old. On the contrary, we have grown old when we stop having heroes.

We should continue to remember and honor the heroes who have contributed to our success.

Heroes are a reflection of our desire to turn a dream into a reality. They helped to define us and inspire new visions.

Heroes promote a stronger desire for more heroic acts in our midst. They become models for our achievements and fuel for our motivation to achieve success.

We admire heroes for their stand against the tide of their times.

We are absorbed by the way they defy overwhelming odds.

Yes, they have flaws. They have failed.

They may even have fallen deep into the pits of life. But they rose again to make history and leave a meaningful legacy for us.

Heroes like Mother Teresa, Confucius, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Lee Kuan Yew, Goh Keng Swee, S. Rajaratnam, and Yusof Bin Ishak show us that we can achieve far more than we can ever dream or imagine.

To progress, we need to find and incorporate more heroes into our lives.

We need to share their stories again and again so that it will propel us to rise up and claim our places in life.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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