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Athletes As Heroes Are there any sport heroes left in society today or have they all diminished There are people who believe that there are sport heroes in todays society and there are people who believe that there is no such thing as sport heroes nowadays When socie is at two different poles then there are three characteristics of athletes that need to be looked at in order to see from which perspective the pessimistic and optimistic people are coming from These three characteristics are shallowness flawed co lexity and compartmentalization There is also another controversy of whether antiheroes are heroes or not For shallowness pessimists believe that athletes do not have the traditional characteristics of heroes helping others successfully and that they are noticed because of their fame fortune and good looks They think that athletes should not be consi red as athletes but should be seen as celebrities However optimists believe that athletes have lots of depth of character and are strong and healthy and are influential heroes I agree with the pessimists to some extent but I agree more so with the ptimists I think that most athletes of today are money deprived and that they are noticed because of their fame fortune and good looks and media tends to do a good job of helping the athletes in that area However that does not mean that those athl es do not have good character and therefore are not good role models For example Michael Jordan had fame fortune and good looks and he was a good hero There are people who look upto him and who want to be like him Even though he does not play ba etball anymore there are kids who still adore his basketball skills and who want to have strong determination like his Michael Jordan worked hard getting to the NBA When he was young and even when he got into the NBA he
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