Heroes are never perfect, but they're brave, they're authentic, they're courageous, determined, discreet, and they've got grit.
What could be more lonely than to be enveloped in silence, to be the last of your people to speak your native tongue, to have no way to pass on the wisdom of the elders, to anticipate the promise of the children. This tragic fate is indeed the plight of someone somewhere roughly every two weeks.
All cultures through all time have constantly been engaged in a dance with new possibilities for life. Change is the one constant in human history.
Change is no threat to culture.
It's haunting to realize that half of the languages of the world are teetering on the brink of extinction.