Being a hero is not a matter of special powers, super strength, or even horribly tight uniforms in mismatched colors.  Not that those things are not cool, because let’s face it, they have to be seriously chilly with that kind of thin material. Being a hero is also not about looking ripped or having a brain the size of a planet.  Being a hero is not even about being someone people look up to, though it happens occasionally that heroes become such a person.

Heroism is what happens when a person is willing to make sacrifices for others.  Not for selfish reasons, but because it benefits others.  Not sacrificing the things that are expendable, but the things that are incredibly valuable to them.  The mother who works two jobs to provide for her children and doesn’t get to sleep because she’s helping them with schoolwork because her husband skipped out on her is being heroic.  The soldier who gives their life to protect a platoon member is being heroic.  The man who gives everything he has in his pockets to help cover a poor senior citizen’s medicine at the local pharmacy is being heroic.  The person who is willing to lose a job because they insist on acting ethically is being heroic.

We can all be heroes if we start making the choice to give of ourselves to better the world.  Will you choose to be a hero, preferably without the tight costume?

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4 Responses to Heroism

  1. Great post.
    It really got me thinking.. when have I done something heroic? What could I see myself doing…. or not doing… 
    Hmm…   I must ponder this..

  2. Nous_Apeiron says:

    Thank you for the compliment and the pondering. I do love pondering. 🙂

  3. awesome, thanks man. i needed this post. it got my recently dysfunctional brain thinking, and reading it did a lot of good for my soul. love all the things you write about and i’m coming back for more.

  4. Nous_Apeiron says:

    I’m glad you got something out of it. 🙂

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