• HotCoach

    Posts: 247

    Aug 23, 2011 12:47 AM GMT
    Hero? Excellent article in Sundays NY Times about calling soldiers "hero" just because they joined the Armed Forces
    "Hero" is one of tne of the most over used words in our vocabulary. So much so that it has lost it's true meaning. A hero is not someone who acts "heroically" performing his job. Police, Fire, and military folk fall in this category. No, and not the pilot who safely landed his plane in the East River a while ago. He was trained for such situation.
    Nor are "victims" heroes. Those who died in the 9/11 attacks were victims.
    A true hero is one who steps out of his life to do something extraordinary. For example, people who were willing to exchange their lives so that another might live in Nazi German.
    Please stop using the word "hero" unless you are describing a real hero "hero".
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    Aug 23, 2011 1:34 AM GMT

    I still have "amazing."

  • creature

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    Aug 23, 2011 1:48 AM GMT
    Link to the article? Sounds like it's a good read.

    I'm glad it was brought up. I don't know how it is in other industrialized nations, but here in the U.S. there seems to be this bad habit of over-dramatization to connect with people. Not only do I think the word "hero" is overused, but so is the notion of "fighting for your freedom." That may be true in some conflicts, but not all of them.