posted on May, 10 2014 @ 07:13 AM
..........by today's standards anyway. Watching the news, I saw a story about a dog dialing 911 when his owner collapsed, so of course, they're
calling the dog a hero.
A man uses the Heimlich maneuver to save a fellow diner....a hero.
A passerby uses CPR to save a heart attack victim.....hero.
Not one of the people are heroes, they're just doing what a fellow human should
be doing in a given situation. Maybe my standards are a bit too
high. Maybe I expect too much from a person before I paste that label on them. If you see smoke coming out of a window in the middle of the night,
beat on the door to wake the people inside, are you a hero? No. If the house was fully consumed and you ran inside to pull a person to safety, are you
a hero? Yes. My standard for that hero badge is this: You go in to an extremely
dangerous situation, knowing
you're probably not going
to make it out, but do it anyway Or you give your own life to save others. It's that simple.
Why do we throw that phrase around so much? Why are we awarding that status to every person who goes out of their way to help another, when, as human
beings, it's no more than what we should be doing to begin with? Should we really be giving the same honor to a person using the Heimlich, that we
give to the soldier that threw themselves on a grenade to save his unit? The fireman who ran into an fully engulfed building to save a life?
...............me? What did I do to be a hero? Oh. My kid got a splinter. Big one, hurt like hell. Didn't even take them to the ER, pulled it out
edit on 10-5-2014 by DAVID64 because: (no reason given)