Being a Hero


Heroes are regarded with high esteem in our society. Being labeled a hero even if momentarily is a great honor. Seeing myself in that light was difficult as I was never strong or fearless in the past. But it can be said many people do not understand what it is to be a hero. Here I had already became a hero myself in other people’s light.

A hero is someone who saves someone from an impending danger, right? If that is the case then a person who gives to charity is a hero. Since the hero saved the persons from the impending danger that would follow from not having received the gifts of charity. If you sacrifice your time to help your child study, you are being a hero for your child even if they may not realize it.

Granted we as a society grade heroism so being a hero for homeless people takes a lower status than heroes who risk their lives to fight criminals like police, investigators etc. But we all are heroes and can become heroes. The question is for whom.

Have you ever heard the term anti-hero, anti-hero’s are a variation of the typical hero. In its basic form a hero is a selfless server to the damsel in distress. Anti-hero’s are servers to the damsel in distress but are not selfless. They have their own particular reason for saving people, anti-hero’s typically do not care about the saved people in question or the reason for their distress.

Like a person who gives to charity to gain popularity and gain points for their marketing campaign Is a perfect example. Granted that person is a hero, but their ulterior motive is for their gain not the damsel in distress.

To be honest considering the fact “all humans are selfish” notion, it is natural to think that almost all heroes in our lives are pretty much anti-heroes. Thinking of it myself, I do not mind that at all. Applauding it as it is, the reason behind it does not matter only that it is done. The end result is more important (most times), if the hero in question gets thanks for it, so be it.

If you were going to be a hero, what would be your want or desire for all your heroics, fame, money or just peace of mind?

David Shaw is a certified nerd and scum of the earth. Jamaican by birth, he enjoys long walks and the simple things in life. He is also an entrepreneur, writer and graphic designer. Support him on Patreon Check out his work on his website or follow his mundane madness on twitter @davidcs_aw, google, pinterest

Being a Hero

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