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Whats does Lowen mean when he says that heroification is a "degenerative process"?

Lowens definitions of heroification states that it is a degenerative process.

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James Loewen claims heroification is a degenerative process, in which “our educational media turn flesh-and-blood individuals into pious, perfect creatures without conflicts, pain, credibility, or human interest.” In other words, he believes that we are "handicapped by history," a history which is mired in patriotism, and a history in which much of the truth about our so called heroes is suppressed.