Celebration As It Should Be
A Review of the Inaugural Celebration of the New York Heroes Society,
by NY Heroes Staff
Photographs of this event can be viewed at: sandstead.com/images/nyc/equalatwork/
A vivid sunlight and racing chill stretched across the rolling, snowbound hills, on this February morning. But, breaking through the winter scene, there were numerous small projections of granite, marble, and bronze, many attended by stands of noble trees. These edifices were built for a purpose. In their midst a group of men, women, and children moved through designed pathways intent upon a design of their own: to celebrate life.
This was the scene at
professionals, college students, retirees, philosophers, parents,
entrepreneurs, dancers and musicians. Most came from
True to the aim of encouraging people to pursue heroism in their own lives, an essential feature of the event, called "Celebrate Self", provided an opportunity for attendees to speak about their own goals and achievements. Most seized the opportunity, some speaking about their own life, others offering thanks to those who had inspired them to pursue and achieve greater things. From taking up or resuming college studies to getting new jobs and moving to New York City to remembering the heroic lives of the Columbia astronauts, all those who spoke did so not as confessors but as passionate achievers.
In addition to Mr. Benlian's reading of the Kipling
A keynote address was delivered by novelist and philosopher Dr. Andrew Bernstein, whose novel Heart of a Pagan was the inspiration for the creation of the NY Heroes Society as well as previous "Celebrate Self" events also arranged by Mr. Begley. Dr. Bernstein spoke on the heroism of Ayn Rand and, offering ample evidence of the growing presence of Objectivist scholars in university philosophy programs and in teaching positions at significant universities in the country, ardently confirmed that the future bodes well for those who value human progress, who value man as a heroic being, and who see that each man's life is an end in itself.
What does all this
celebration amount to? “Unfortunately, much of today’s cynical
culture is against heroism,” says Mr. Begley.
“But we are trying to improve that by responding to Ayn
Rand’s words, 'Those who fight for the future live in it today.'"
As the group sang
Regina Milano, who attended the event, echoed this sentiment, "to see [Heroism] seeded, nurtured, and growing among people we see and touch everyday makes it so tangible and real. To paraphrase Voltaire, we are 'cultivating our own garden.'"
In the future NY Heroes
will hold events that range from lectures on heroism to athletic activities
to cultural gatherings that take advantage of the heroic spirit that made
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