The stories we tell our children are full of heroes and heroines. We hold those characters up as exemplars of virtue.
Our stories have heroes in them because the imaginary worlds of stories are meant to help us understand the real world, and the real world itself is full of heroes as well. Much of the time, the acts of heroism all around us are invisible, as the everyday heroes in our community perform humble acts of service as they go about their daily lives. But in times such as the one in which we are living, we are seeing heroes rise up courageously in the face of adversity.