The Epic Hero was a course offered at Fairfield University during my junior year of undergraduate studies. It was taught by Rev. Albert Reddy, S.J., a man in his late-fifties at the time. Fr. Reddy was a rotund Irishman of modest height, a PhD-intellect, and no shortage of good cheer.
Having an instructor who is also a clergyman is cool but not uncommon in a university with Catholic roots. What really made The Epic Hero special was its format: each time we sat down for class--two times a week--Fr. Reddy would read to us from a chapter of our next assignment: The Odyssey, The Iliad, The Lord of the Rings.
Here I was, in my early twenties, learning about universal truths all the while feeling like a kid being tucked in by his parents. It was completely unexpected at first but it became an experience that taught us "Why not?" every other class of the semester.
Why not do what it takes to bring about something good for others?
It's been almost 30 years since I signed up for that class and it's still affecting my thoughts and actions, today. Good never grows old.