Real Life Heroes
Modern-Day Hero; Jordan Peterson. Who is psychologist, professor, bestselling author, and YouTube personality Dr. Jordan B. Peterson? What does he believe in? Who are his followers? And why is he so controversial?
From Peterson’s early days as a religious-school student in small-town Canada to his tenure at Harvard University to his headline-making persona of the present day, he is, at least to me, one of the most impressive examples of a hero.
In my Jordan Peterson book, Savage Messiah; How Dr. Jordan Peterson is Saving Western Civilization, we meet an adolescent Peterson. He is scoffing at the “fairy tales” taught in his Catholic confirmation class. Peterson asked his priest how it was possible to believe the Bible in light of modern scientific theory? Unsatisfied with the answer given, Peterson challenged other authority figures as he defined the world on his terms.
His challenging personality won Peterson many enemies. It also won him more admirers than he ever dreamed. It was the dawn of the digital era. His views challenging political correctness were suddenly shared and critically discussed around the world via the internet. His fall from grace, and worse, arrived.
Here is an interview about a modern-day hero; Jordan Peterson, you might enjoy…
The Battle Over Free Speech Began
Peterson preached the vital importance of free speech. He understood from his studies of Marxist regimes of the past that free speech was essential to freedom itself. It is critical to a person’s ability to think clearly. It was vital to finding life-saving personal meaning in a frequently hostile and nihilistic world. Armed with this specific knowledge and fortified by his convictions, this modern-day hero; Jordan Peterson refused to back down from the fight. What he didn’t realize was the size of the battle he was entering.
When he challenged the Canadian parliament’s Bill C-16, which compelled state-sanctioned speech, Peterson faced a whole new world. That world was newly enthralled with the religion of identity politics. Prophets of intersectionality and the evil of white, male patriarchy prophesied Western Civilization’s destruction. Newly invented gender identities were beatified. Newly-invented pronouns to address these new gender identities were enshrined as an article of faith by three generations of zealous, previously godless, Neo-Marxists. And as might be guessed, that sanctified new world order soon attacked.
Tens of thousands of online zealots targeted this new modern-day hero; Jordan Peterson Peterson as a gender bigot for opposing the Canadian government’s proposed speech codes of new gender pronouns, some calling him a “…transphobic piece of s–t.” A nearly equal number of social conservative, free-speech zealots rallied to his support as a leader and a true hero. Soon Peterson was fixed firmly at the center of the culture wars. There was no turning back. He had only the strength of his hero within.
Included in my book are exclusive interviews of Dr. Jordan B. Peterson and conversations with his family, friends, and associates. The book Savage Messiah; How Dr. Jordan Peterson is Saving Western Civilization reveals Peterson’s heart and mind. It also discloses the teachings and practices of one of the most provocative voices of our time and, in the view of this writer, one of our greatest real-life heroes.
Dr. Peterson’s recent, ongoing recovery from his nearly fatal withdrawal treatments for benzodiazepine addiction prompted me to express my relief and well wishes to this modern-day hero; Jordan Peterson. I’ve come to admire him greatly.
I posted on social media; “Thank you, Dr. Peterson, for your courage. Thank you for your commitment to free speech, for your hard-won, life-affirming worldview, for your devotion to healing, and your love of teaching. Thank you for defending us.
For years, you stood alone in the breach, our St. George against the dragons of Marxism, nihilism, and resentment, our Churchill against the would-be tyrants of our time.
You were attacked, and you stood. You were reviled, and you stood. Your family was threatened, and you stood. You were wounded, near death, and now you have returned to stand with us again. To fight again.
Without your call to arms, we may well have continued sleeping. Without your heroic stand, we might now be silenced, canceled, and ruled again by tyrants. We might now be in chains.
Thank you. A grateful world salutes you and prays for your continued health and happiness.”
If there is a better example of “the hero within” than that of Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone USMC, I’ve never heard of it. If I ever do, I promise you I’ll write a book about that person too.
In my book below I have attempted to include every historical fact known about Sgt. Basilone and many personal stories that cannot be verified. It is my hope that I have created a more accurate portrait of him in the process than has existed before. I have attempted to recreate his story in his own voice based on hundreds of hours of interviews with people who knew John well and spoke with him frequently. I also grew up near John Basilone’s hometown of Raritan, New Jersey. The speech of that area is second nature to me.
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John Basilone was a man of extraordinary courage. He was in many ways a simple and ordinary young man, but he had at least one unusual ability, he could see into his own future.
This para-normal ability might seem speculative in the story of a hero whose actions in battle are already well known and documented, but I believe that it is this “gift” that sets his extraordinary courage apart, beyond even most human understanding. These premonitions are documented in his sister Phyllis’ book “The Basilone Story”. This book is the only authoritative account of John as a child and young man.
I personally confirmed the fact of John’s premonitions with Phyllis and with John’s older brother and closest confidant, Carlo, who heard John correctly foretell his own future on three different occasions. The last of John’s three premonitions foretold his own death. By this time, he had received the Medal of Honor and was strongly encouraged by his military superiors to stay out of the fight, to stay home and promote the sale of war bonds.
In spite of his superiors and his fatal vision, John wanted to protect the young men who had volunteered to face a desperate and fanatical Japanese enemy – his beloved Marines. And so he returned one final time to the battlefield explaining simply, “I’m staying with my boys. They need me.” In the writing of this book, John Basilone has become a personal hero of mine and one of our real life heroes. I hope that I have done him justice in this account.
Here’s a sample.
Examples of Heroes
D-Day, Iwo Jima
We heard the diesels fire up. Metal groaned as the bow of our ship split down the middle and the two 20 ton doors swung open to the black sea. Behind the doors, amtracs were lined up inside the belly of the ship like green, steel beetles.
On deck, the sound of the ship waking up got our minds focused on the assault ahead of us. We were going to be in the first waves of men to hit the beach. It all made sense, if you were a war planner who calculated schedules, machines, casualties and such. But we were the ones they made their plans on, so no matter how much sense it made on paper, you’re never quite ready to be in that first group – even Marines like the boys in my platoon.
They were mostly teenagers, a few were in their early twenties, and inexperienced, except for a few vets like me who rode herd. They were gung-ho and itching to get into the fight but even so, I could read their faces, being the first to face enemy fire was making them think things over.
My younger brother George, a vet of Saipan and Tinian, saw these kids back in Hawaii and asked me, “Where the hell are the vets? You’re gonna get yourself killed. Y’oughta come over to the 4th with me.”
“Nothing doin’,” I told him. “I’m stayin’ put.”
“Stubborn fuck, always were.” George spit on the deck.
Seemed like he didn’t give a shit about anything anymore. I guessed it was from Saipan – where they say things got pretty rough. Over three thousand men,including most of his friends, got killed.
We were the 5th Division. Like George said, we had a lot of the younger legs in our outfit. Those young legs would get us across the beach faster to the airfield, our first objective. But we both knew that these youngsters would take the brunt of the dying. When you know how war works, like a wolf pack on the hunt, it made sense. But it still wasn’t right.
These boys were the bravest we had. They didn’t wait to get drafted, they joined the Marines, and that should count for something. But of course, in the logic of war, it didn’t.”
Modern Day Heroes
What if we are all heroes just waiting for the right moment?
Many people, particularly young people, often suffer with fear and emotional paralysis:
• Will they ﬁnd a good job, or be able to keep the one they have?
• Will they ﬁnd love and be able to support a family?
• Will climate change destroy the economy, or the earth itself?
• Will terrorists attack with nuclear or biological weapons?
By understanding the nature of heroism, people can restore their faith in the future and free themselves to live greater, fuller lives.
I discovered a forgotten hero of World War II named John Basilone and spent two years researching and writing his book, “I’m Staying with My Boys…” The book was published by St. Martin’s Press, and has been named to the US Marine Corps Commandant’s List of required reading for all US Marines.
But what if I had thought, “I’ve never written a book before. I don’t know anybody in the publishing business. I’ve never been in the military, so what right do I have to even think about writing this war hero’s story?”
This book never would have been written. The film I made from it would never have been made. Enjoy watching it below.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp explained the controversial election integrity legislation recently enacted in his state. According to some, he is one of many modern day heroes in political circles.
“This legislative session there are certainly a wide range of issues our office has tackled alongside members of the Georgia General Assembly,” the governor said. “Few are more important than the bill I signed into law moments ago.”
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Modern day heroes like Kemp are often overlooked in the rush of breaking news. Looking back on real life heroes, like my own father in his life working among brutal gangsters, it is easier to see the heroic action in hindsight. Also, our polarized politics makes one person’s hero into another person’s villain. It can, and does, get complicated quickly. This is often because we see the man, but fail to see the hero within.
Modern day heroes can also be harder to spot because they can go from hero to zero with their next decision. That is why it is worth examining what seems a small decision to some. True heroes are often created and destroyed the next moment where the conflict is greatest. Heroism exists in large and small actions.
Consider the book below for your further reading in modern political courage.
Governor Kemp continued, “With Senate Bill 202 Georgia will take another step toward ensuring our elections are secure accessible and fair. We quickly began working with the House and Senate on further reforms to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat. The bill I signed into law does just that. First and foremost, S.B. 202 replaces the signature match process with a state issued ID requirement to request and submit an absentee ballot.”
The issue of requiring state identification (ID) is one of the most hotly contested issues today. Democrat Party supporters contend that ID makes it difficult for poor people and people of color to vote. This new law requiring ID that was passed by the Georgia Senate and House and signed by the Governor may alienate many current constituents. This may threaten the political future of these lawmakers, particularly the governor who may become a target of the opposition party. To many people the Governor is a true hero.
“When voting in person in the state of Georgia you must have a photo ID. It only makes sense for the same standard to apply to absentee ballots as well by moving to a state-issued ID requirement instead of a signature match,” the Governor explained.
“Georgia will dramatically streamline the verification process on absentee ballots and contrary to the hyper-partisan rhetoric you may have heard inside and outside this gold dome, the facts are that this new law will expand voting access in the Peach State.”
It should be noted that Governor Kemp had also come under intense fire from his own Republican Party for not more forcefully supporting President Trump in the 2020 presidential election. At issue was the certification of disputed invalid ballots. By taking a principled stand against partisan influence, the Governor again may one of the true heroes revealed in the 2020 election.
“Every county in Georgia will now have two mandatory Saturdays of early voting and the option of two Sundays of early voting. Georgians will no doubt be soon overwhelmed with fancy TV ads mailers and radio spots attacking this common sense election reform measure.”
In real life heroes, common sense is one of the qualities that is often missed. It is this ability to maintain composure under threat that often reveals a hero within. The video below reveals a real life hero under extreme threat, and even certain of his impending death. Yet, he continues his heroic mission undaunted. Note: this is a full length documentary. I recommend you review it after reading this article.