A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer. Ralph Waldo Emerson Read more:
I will first begin with a little about myself. I have been many things in my short life. An orderly, a deputy, a photographer, a restaurant manager,
a paperboy, a volunteer firefighter, ran a bookstore, a ghost (funny story), a cook, and a few others that escape me at the moment. Currently, I am an
investigator for a major security company. In some of these professions I have saved lives and homes. I have protected the weak, fed the hungry and
scared the fearless (LoL). Never once was I a hero.
I will write that again... Never ONCE was I a hero.
A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life
A nice idea being a hero. One that most people have fantasized about. (I have) But, what makes one a hero? What makes one stand out above and
beyond others? Does joining the military automatically make you a hero? Does enduring the rigors of nursing school make you a hero? Or, perhaps
simply being a teacher makes you a hero.
Personally, I think not.
More Hero stuff
remarkably brave person: somebody who commits an act of remarkable bravery or who has shown an admirable quality such as great courage or strength of
By this definition being a Hero requires something remarkable. It would seem that one must go above and beyond their chosen path/profession in order
to be a Hero.
Our society has for some reason began labeling anyone and everyone a "hero" of some sort. All this praise simply for doing the job they chose.
Here is an example of the change that we have gone through in measuring what constitutes a hero.
Budweiser commercials were, at the time, called "Real American Heroes."
They became..."Real Men of Genius" One has to ask themselves...
*sigh* 9/11 is why.
I find it sadly humorous that a joke made by a huge company in order to boost sales was made to feel the need to change their commercials.
I was sad, when the towers fell, knowing that so many innocents lost their lives. I was sad to know that all those emergency responders died as well.
Was it brave for the firefighters to enter a burning building? YES. Was it noble for them to try their best to save as many people as possible.
YES. Was it Heroic? No. They were simply doing their jobs. Should we honor them? YES
Had the towers not fallen would they still be called heroes or just brave? Death does not make one a Hero or else we will all be Heroes one day.
When a person decides to join a particular profession they are made aware of possible risks involved in undertaking said profession. Once made aware
they decide if it is what they want to do. This in no way is Heroic. This is simply a desire to do good for others.
What saddens me is that ever since 9/11 MSM and TV in general has went out of its way to make us believe that any sacrifice for the "Fatherland" is
considered Heroic. It is simply not true. Heroes are NOT a dime a dozen as they wish for us to believe. A Hero does not have to die in order to be
called thus. Heroes are those that go that extra mile, usually full of fear, with enough determination to make a difference even though it is not
what they do "for a living".
The title of HERO
is hard earned and most often unwelcome.
I have been called a Hero. I have never felt like one. I simply do what I do and try to make a positive impact on those I encounter.
This is an example of a Hero...
I did not feel that simply saying HI was enough for an introduction. I hope this post gives you pause for thought. Words do have power. I do not
like that power being diminished due to unnecessary and excessive use.
What other words do you have that are suffering the same fate?