Oscar Pistorius and the hero business | ESPN

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A week for falling stars. The Oscar Pistorius murder charge was a hard punch in the stomach to anyone who still believes in heroes -- and another warning to those of us in the worldwide sports hero business. Because the distance he'll fall is exactly the height of the pedestal we built for him...

That it's always been this way, back past modernity and Homer and into the firelight and then the dark, is not much comfort. We need these stories and symbols and warnings fresh for every generation. Good and evil. Right and wrong. Fame and hubris and strength and weakness and the endless reminder of our genius and our violence and the hard lesson of what it means to be human.

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