The fact that the biggest heroes in America are athletes, music artists, and movie stars is a testament to the idiocy of most Americans. Why are Tim Tebow, Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth, Michael Jackson, and Michael Jordan more famous and held in higher esteem than Sir Alexander Fleming, Edward Witten, Louis Pasteur, and Jonas Salk? Sir Alexander Fleming discovered the medicinal effects of Penicillin and has thus far saved many, many millions of lives (including probably mine and probably many of us), yet Babe Ruth (a contemporary of Fleming) is far more famous to Americans and far more of a hero to most people. Athletes should not be the biggest heroes in America. In fact, professional athletes should not be considered heroes at all for their athletic feats. Yes, Michael Jordan might have worked extremely hard to slam dunk a basketball and shoot a basketball, but it did not do a thing to relieve human suffering. It merely made Michael Jordan a lot of money. I have more respect and appreciation for the garbagemen who take away my garbage than I do for Michael Jordan. We glorify these athletes, yet we consider our greatest scientists and physicians (who do an enormous amount of work to relieve human suffering) to be nerds.