Though I hate to hunt down a tired metaphor, the one serious conviction I have is that nothing should be taken too seriously.
Personal Heroes: Bill Hicks, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Theo Van Gogh, Brian Greene, Ralph Nader, Ghandi, Galileo, Henry A Wallace, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Edward R. Murrow, Bob Marley, Martin Luther King, Kurt Vonnegut, and anyone else who stands up for what they believe or speaks truth to power even if I don't always agree with what they have to say. God? Santa Claus for grownups? Love? A euphemism for resignation? Marriage? The first symptom of death?