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Unacknowledged Gifts Does practice really make perfect Can anyone reach the status of perfection The answer is obvious everyone makes mistakes Trying to reach societys image of flawlessness Americans endanger themselves everyday by taking drugs starving themselves and taking many other risks If there were a human without flaws would they be considered perfect Seeking perfection is not the answer to heroism we should act as the ancient Greeks did and focus on our role models positive points and forgive them for their flaws Heracles one of the six heroes most honored by the Greeks was treasured for his achievements Although he did have flaws they were forgiven because of all the great talents he had Heracles most noticeable characteristic was his strength both his contributions and flaws were a result of this There were several times during his life when he killed people unintentionally but the Greeks acknowledged the great gifts he had brought to them instead Blessed with courage and strength Heracles cleansed the earth of monsters and helped the growth of civilization By accomplishing the twelve labors for Eurystheus he exhibited his intelligence and creativity The Greeks acceptance of flaws is one of the many ways we can learn from them We should take advantage of the knowledge laid out in front of us to better the way we look at our own countrys present day heroes Thomas Jefferson made many great contributions to our nation and we should not dismiss these noteworthy gifts because of his somewhat immoral lifestyle and beliefs Knowing that a great man made mistakes is no reason to lower his recognition as being a hero With recent DNA technology we have discovered that Thomas Jefferson was the father of his slaves children He inherited the slave Sally Hemmings in 1774 when she was only a year old During her lifetime she had four surviving children her two youngest were proven to
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