I think looking at the archives this was last posted in 2003.
"A hero (heroine is usually used for females) (Ancient Greek: ἥρως, hḗrōs), in Greek mythology and folklore, was originally a demigod, their
cult being one of the most distinctive features of ancient Greek religion. Later, hero (male) and heroine (female) came to refer to characters who,
in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self sacrifice—that is, heroism—for some
greater good of all humanity. This definition originally referred to martial courage or excellence but extended to more general moral excellence.
Stories of heroism may serve as moral examples. In classical antiquity, hero cults that venerated deified heroes such as Heracles, Perseus, and
Achilles played an important role in Ancient Greek religion. Politicians, ancient and modern, have employed hero worship for their own apotheosis
(i.e., cult of personality)."
My hero was my grandfather. He knew stuff, a lot of stuff. Mathematician, magician, Vietnam war veteran turned spec ops. The guy was legendary. In the
mainstream from the last century my hero was Bob Holness
Everyone should have a hero. Sometimes it is helpful to have more than one.
I've always thought of Superman as my hero, but that is a bit cliche nd expected.
My dad and son are both heroes to me fr different reasons, my dad for raising me and always doing the seemingly impossible, and my son for showing me
finally what life was all about. There are no words really t explain the impacts that they had on my life.
I also have a hero here on ATS.
You can see their profile here
As far as other walks of life....none that pop out immediately.
I'm sure that were we in the same room, my choice would be met with some pretty strange looks, a couple of laughs, some scoffing and some disdain.
And she's not really someone I consider to be a hero, but one whom I greatly admire.
Please don't laugh... but my choice is Kelly Osbourne.
I'm not saying this in a tween *OMGKellyO is like soooooo kewl!* way.
When she was younger, and she was a bit of a dick, taking drugs, getting trashed and being over weight, she reminded me a lot of me (minus the drug
Then she cleaned herself up, lost weight, stopped taking drugs, stopped drinking, and made herself someone to be admired sheerly for the fact that
sometimes, doing a complete 180' turn in your life is the hardest thing you can do.
You know, she works hard, I truly believe she has changed, and I can appreciate that in someone who took the time to better themselves as a person.
Jed Clampett... he has money but just as plain and simple a fella as you would ever want to meet... sincere, kind, generous, honest, rises early,
works hard despite his fortunes, and self reliant... humble, loves animals and children, stands by his family and beliefs.
Unfortunately, I am more like a cross between Granny and Jethro... and if you have to ask who these fine people are... well, bless your heart.
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