By The Prophet of Life
What is a hero to you? Is it character in a movie, or comic book or graphic novel? Is it someone who has fame? Is it a TV, movie star, pop idol, Twiiter star, gamer or you tuber? Is it someone who is incredibly wealthy? Is it a great politician? All of the aforementioned are typical heroes in most societies but are they truly heroic?
A hero is someone who does something heroic. Is getting a 20 million dollar advance on a project heroic? Is making videos about the cool car you got as a result of You Tube royalties or that prank others heroic? Is having a hit record heroic? Is tweeting sarcastic things about others heroic? Is having all of the money in the world but very little left of your humanity heroic? Having fame, fortune, fans and followers may be admirable but it isn’ t heroic .
A real hero saves lives. A real hero puts their life on the line in order to protect others. A real hero selflessly does things for others. I would like for you to think of the kind of people who do these types of things as heroes. People like firemen, policemen and soldiers who put their lives on the line daily to insure that others survive. People who heal our sick, teach our children and help our elderly to live with dignity. People like legal aid lawyers who advocate for the poor against corporations and corrupt government officials. People like parents, who are there for you everyday. Who get up and go to work at a job they don’t like just to keep their families fed, clothed and sheltered. Parents who show up for their kids time and time again even if they are divorced and no longer have custody.
Heroes are often thought of a ordinary people who do extraordinary things. They run into a burning building to rescue a child. They wrestle a gun out of a shooter’s hands. They give their lives on the battlefields so that the rest of us may continue to enjoy our freedom. Heroes are people who act even when others don’t. Those aren’t the only kinds of heroes. There’s another kind of hero. These heroes are the people who do the right thing consistently. A hero can be made in the blink of an eye but they can also be made from a lifetime of consistent sacrifice. These heroes are not often given any accolades whatsoever. They work in the background tirelessly and thanklessly. It is time they too are given their due. Take time out of your day today, to thank one of the heroes in your life. It may be the only acknowledgement they have been given this year.
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