—“But I think you miss the mark somewhat here because heroism is fundamentally not about the material or Darwinian advantages.”—
Heroism is a means of paying status and opportunity rather than material rewards, in exchange for directing dominance display to the production of commons. those commons may be physical, may be opportunities, may be, normative, may be informational or anything in between.
So your mistake is failing to grasp that the use of ‘materialism’ as a criticism is an attempt to lie. instead, we seek gains whether material, opportunistic, or informational, and to prevent losses of the same. Because in all things we are simply an extension of the physical laws of the universe, with nothing other than the use of memory to choose optimum opportunities, rather than fae the limits of the physical world in seizing the first opportunity. it is by this vast accumulation of differences using different forms of memory that we capture and resist entropy while the reset of the universe decays.
If I can get this thru: if you cannot convert an emotion to its underlying economic terms, then you are still talking superstition. It’s pseudoscientific superstition. But it’s superstition. In this example you are still thinking feelings have value, instead of that we evolved to experience positive and negative feelings for having increasing or decreasing assets, in physical (premium), opportunistic(discount), or informational (discount) form.