What Makes a "Hero"?

  • junknemesis

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    Mar 12, 2009 11:50 PM GMT
    In response to the topic "Does serving in combat automatically make you a hero?" by NoNameGuy

    So tell me.... What makes a hero? Think hard before you respond, make sure you are saying what you really believe.
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    Mar 13, 2009 1:07 AM GMT
    hhmmm, read the book and find out icon_wink.gif

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    Mar 13, 2009 1:11 AM GMT
    A hero is not something you can call yourself. It is.... something that is given to you. A hero sacrifices himself for a cause or an ideal. It may not be everything you believe in but most of the time it is for the greater good.... which can be interpreted in many ways also. A hero saves people, he is a good friend for someone in need, or a doctor who saves a patients life, or a vigilantie ( or someone who could spell lol) who stand up for people rights.... Its hard for me to pin it down in words.... it has to be shown i guess
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    Mar 13, 2009 1:12 AM GMT
    junknemesis saidIn response to the topic "Does serving in combat automatically make you a hero?" by NoNameGuy

    So tell me.... What makes a hero? Think hard before you respond, make sure you are saying what you really believe.


    Don't really know - Just know it's not just putting on military clothing or winning 8 medals in swimming icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 13, 2009 1:14 AM GMT
    Also just because a person isn't a hero for you doesn't mean he isn't for someone else
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    Mar 13, 2009 1:19 AM GMT
    In my opinion, a hero is someone who acts with honor and selflessness in a challenging situation.
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    Mar 13, 2009 1:20 AM GMT
    and when a person is called a hero, it's a personal thing. he knows what he's done to be called that and he doesn't have to bring it up all the time.
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    Mar 13, 2009 1:25 AM GMT
    A hero is someone that inspires others around him/her to improve themselves and to keep going in life until their goals come to pass. A hero is someone that never gives up; even when the odds against him/her. Someone who takes time out of the day to make sure that someone is happy and safe. Someone who doesn't find helping people a waste of time and energy.
  • junknemesis

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    Mar 13, 2009 1:36 AM GMT
    jprichva saidA long, soft roll, some Italian salami, usually provolone, lettuce, onions, mayo, and maybe some ham.


    Right, that is true. Thank you, now you've gone and made me hungry. icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 13, 2009 1:55 AM GMT
    I wrote this back In January here, in a post called "What is a hero?" Here's a paste:

    Those who know me here are aware I was a US Army Colonel. I recommended and approved soldiers to be awarded medals for military service & bravery (though some medals required higher authority than mine). So allow that I have at least a basic understanding of the concept.

    Let me tell you about another kind of bravery, that is not military. I met a gay man in Seattle, Washington, in 1995. I knew at first glance he was dying of AIDS, which he told me had.

    He was already on Social Security disability. Yet he volunteered to work at Chicken Soup Brigade (CSB), which was a major provider of food & services to the Seattle AIDS community at that time.

    He would deliver donated groceries to the AIDS shut-ins with his own car at his own expense, cleaned their homes, ran their errands for them, and took them to their medical appointments. Even though he himself was entitled to receive these very same services from CSB, dying & enfeebled as he was, yet he did this for others.

    And on those days when he didn't even have the strength to drive his car all around town, or climb apartment stairs, he would sit at the CSB desk and answer their phones. He also wrote & edited articles about AIDS issues for a Seattle gay newspaper.

    Shortly after I finally met him in person (he was my online gay mentor who brought me out) his old car broke down, and he started to withdraw from the community, unable to get around and visit the AIDS shut-ins he helped, so that he was becoming a shut-in himself.

    I personally fixed that car (I was once an auto mechanic), so he could return to his former active life, And in turn he made me his pet project, to bring me out into the gay world. And through him I learned most of what I know about being gay, lessons I treasure and follow to this day.

    Together we visited every corner of gay Seattle, and a better gay mentor never existed. All that I am today in the gay world is his doing.

    And he made me redefine my strict military definition of a hero. If doing for others when you are dying yourself is a hero, then he was one. If doing for others when you haven't the strength to even leave your own house is a hero, then he was one.

    I not only learned about being gay from him, I learned something about my own former business, that of bravery & heroism. Heroism is when you face death, and you keep going. Heroism is when death is less important to you than obtaining some other goal. Heroism is when death no longer stops you.

    I saw that among those who wore a military uniform, and I saw that in him, and in our own gay community. My understanding of heroism has become much broader than it was first taught to me, and I've learned it's not all about wearing a uniform.

    Heroism is inside you, not on the outside and defined by what you wear. And while those who put on a uniform are heroes by choice, others are heroes by circumstance. I never was so proud of being gay as when I learned what heroes gay men can be, much braver than I myself had ever been, regardless of any green outfit I had ever worn.

    My heroes are gay men, the men all around me. That is what makes a hero.
  • HotCoach

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    Mar 13, 2009 1:59 AM GMT
    jprichva saidA long, soft roll, some Italian salami, usually provolone, lettuce, onions, mayo, and maybe some ham.


    In the Bronx it was anything on a long, crusty Italian bread.
  • joggerva

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    Mar 13, 2009 2:57 AM GMT
    jprichva saidA long, soft roll, some Italian salami, usually provolone, lettuce, onions, mayo, and maybe some ham.


    Did you ever know that you're my hero?
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    Mar 13, 2009 3:29 AM GMT
    jprichva said
    joggerva said
    jprichva said


    So, you're saying I'm edible?


    Salami's edible. And delicious. I love a bit of salami.
  • jaded57

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    Mar 13, 2009 3:38 AM GMT
    A hero isnt made. A hero just is. What was that old quote "there are no extrordinary men just ordinary men in extraordinary situations". Kind of sums it up. I dont know of anyone considered by society a hero who set out to get that title. They were just themselves when it mattered most.
  • Rookz

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    Mar 13, 2009 4:43 AM GMT
    A hero is a person whose actions are defined "heroic" by others.
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    Mar 13, 2009 5:30 AM GMT
    Bonnie Tyler!!!

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    Mar 14, 2009 4:10 AM GMT


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    Mar 14, 2009 4:28 AM GMT
    I can't believe I didn't think about posting that video.
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    Mar 14, 2009 4:30 AM GMT
    A hero is anyone who gives others hope. There a millions of ways this has been done.