“We are always the hero in our own stories.”
How often do you hear people telling stories where they are foolish, mistaken, wrong, lazy, heartless or in some other way at fault? Not very often. I find it very refreshing when I hear people make fun of themselves. I yawn at the hero stories.
BTW, for you literalists, yeah my little saying is an obvious exaggeration, but aphorisms often function as mneumonics rather than truth propositions.