Random Stuff – What Is A Hero?

Jut a thought for the day…

And there, right there in that moment of vulnerability, the apex of its defining weakness is the birth of a hero. Faced with the overwhelming evidence that failure is but a breath away, the hero defines themselves not by what they cannot do, but what they will _not_ do in spite of the odds against success. The heroic are borne not of training but the sheer will to not be defeated in that singular instant of overwhelming force.

Sometimes the forces are psychological or merely work-a-day tyranny of surviving to see one more sunrise. Sometimes the forces are loosed upon us by the tyrannies of war or the angry, raging, uncaring idles of those around us. It does not matter to the heroic from whence they come, it is onlymeaningful to the heroic that they exist. Heroic deed is not in the act, but the will to act. There are many a dead hero who failed to complete their task yet heroic they remain because in that instant, that split second lasting longer than eternity, the heroic person says “No, I will not be defeated” and they plunge headfirst into the fray.

It is a sadness and a shame to our species that we generally only recognize heroism posthumously.

How many heroic people do you know?

    • Argus
    • March 11th, 2013

    You asked “What is a hero?”

    The answer is obvious—anyone in the American armed forces. They are all heroes. I guess even joining was heroic … need proof? Just count their medals. The rawest of the raw carries medals; the top generals and admirals and things need extra chests to carry them all (which is probably why ribbon is so expensive these days) (all the heroes have cornered the market).

    (Oops, except for one Bradley Manning, of course. He is Fink Of The Week—actually, of the last three years. They need never bring him to trial, under the American system he can be held for ever in solitary and no-one would even know; and who would care a damn about a definite non-hero (an anti-hero, in fact)? (Other than me, of course, I care … but I ain’t no hero neither. Damn, that was a tough question—hope I’ve helped.)

    • LOL, yes, that was helpful.

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