Recently, on the Skepchick backchannel, we had a conversation about how disappointing it’s been for many of us to meet our skeptical heroes.
But that’s what “they” tell us — Don’t meet your heroes; they will disappoint you. “They” (both of the advice givers and of the heroes who will disappoint) specifically being guys like Penn Jillette. A lot of times we learn that our heroes are flawed and human. (Like that time I declared Headset Vince a hero… then he punched a hooker and had an pitchzealectomy.)
Yet I’ve met plenty of my personal heroes who did not disappoint. Guys like Orac, Phil Plait and Steve Novella… and women who were even more amazing than I imagined… like Rebecca and Pamela Gay. Not to mention all the people who became my heroes only after I knew them personally, like my mom and Jamie Bernstein. So really, if I think about it, my positive hero experiences far outnumber my negative ones. But man, the negative ones sting.
Have you met your heroes? Have they disappointed or impressed you? Who are your heroes you’d like to meet? Do you have any reservations about meeting people you admire? Did you get the heroes you needed or the heroes you deserved?
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 3pm ET.
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