What Is A Hero – And Why Do You Need One?
We often hear the term “hero” as a boy or a girl, but the root word is “hymn.” A hero is any human being or a major fictional character who, against all odds, combats extreme adversity by courageous feats of strength, courage, or ingenuity. Similar to other previously solely gender-specific words, hero now frequently refers to any gender, although hero only seems to apply to women. The word “hero” itself derives from Greek mythology, where a hero is typically immortal, powerful, and untouchable. More recently, we use the word hero to describe any person, however heroic that person may be. In movies, television shows, and video games, heroes are usually very positive, resourceful, and resourceful individuals who excel at various fields.
There are many great stories about heroic people, many of which can be found right here on this website. We all have an inherent drive to be a hero; if it weren’t for our inherent biological and psychological propensities, most of us would probably never be anything more than average individuals. When a hero steps into our lives, however, we become little more than ordinary humans, because our hero lifts us up when we feel like we’re down and lifts us up again when we feel like we’re losing. Our hero gives us hope when we need it the most, and inspires us with examples of how we should act and what we should dream of doing.
When we’re looking for a hero, we usually think of someone who experiences some sort of tragedy. The Greeks, and others, believe that every tragedy has a meaning. The true hero doesn’t just get away with murder, the hero makes the crime pay for its victims. Perhaps the greatest example of a hero saving the day comes from the Bible: When David, alone, goes up to the walls of the city of Jezreel, he does not throw stones on them; he kneels down and pray instead. This single act of faith alone was enough to keep the city of Jezreel from succumbing to the enemy; yet another example of the kind of faith that a hero requires.
There is nothing inherently wrong with being a hero, and there is nothing more noble or heroic than giving of yourself in order to help someone else. As long as you don’t expect any return favor, and as long as you aren’t expecting someone else to do all the work, you are a hero. A hero may risk his or her life for others; but more than that, he or she must love the person he or she is fighting for.
Of course, most of us aren’t so lucky; we have to come to the realization that we aren’t going to make it. That we will probably be dying one day, and that our heroes -our husbands, our sons, our daughters are going to die before us, also. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t fight harder, smarter, and stronger; after all, those are qualities that we have to develop, too. And if we are willing to put in the effort, we can become the very best hero that we can possibly be.
The worst thing about all this is that the “bad guy” is always right, while the hero -the good guy is usually right but gets himself killed. We see this so often nowadays that it has become a cliche, but is it really? In real life, isn’t a hero the last line of defense between the evil and the innocent? He is the last line between victory and defeat; the last person who can put up a resistance against the tide of evil. It is him who lift up his family and his friends and his country before the invaders; and it is him who watch over them all through their struggle.