Do we idolize celebrities and sports stars, and give hero status to those who do great things because it is human nature to want to look up to something, it because they are worthy of idolizing?
We want what they're getting. At least I do!
Some over come a lot of obstacles, particularly athletes, so I could see idolizing that, but most did not. More of a want
A mix of both depending on the person, sometimes they don't deserve sometimes they do and sometimes people look up to people too much or too little.
Too often we make the mistake of equating great performance and great people. These two thing have nothing to do with each other.
I don't idolize any man or woman. No one, in my opinion, deserves to be idolized. Respected and appreciated, but not idolized.
Military too. Servicemen are no different than the rest of us. Most choose it as a high risk job to pay for college. Nothing bad about that, but nothing noble either.
They certainly don't deserve it. Or at least in my opinion but I'm sure part of that is I don't like sports and celebrities are mostly iffy people. I look up to people in general who are working hard in real professions. I don't find entertainment
fits in that category.
If anything, valorizing people like that kind of denies them their humanity. That's more pressure than one person should have to handle, frankly. It's definitely something we do to fill a need in ourselves, not an objective manifestation of "desert."
I don't idolize celebrities, or sports stars.
There's no doubt Reagan was a great American.