A popular writing assignment for elementary school children, and sometimes older as well, is the task of writing about someone the student admires, writing about one of their heroes. One of my kids' middle-school teachers remarked to me after giving this assignment that her students didn't seem to have any heroes. She was confused as to why this would be so (she was British and a feminist) and disappointed that the kids often felt they were their own heroes.
An antidote for such an affliction is to read about Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko. His short life is one of remarkable faith and fortitude, eclipsed only by the immense suffering he endured at the hands of the unspeakably brutal state which tortured and killed him.
His mother is interviewed in the series, Raising A Martyr, the first part, second part, third part and fourth.