A hero/heroism refers to a unique person with the ability of bridging the gap between humans and the divine. A hero/heroism often personifies values that create a society and posses trend of common characteristics. Such a person may or may not potent unusual circumstances of birth, lives a normal life with other people, may possess supernatural will or strength. They often lead a quest to the completing of a particular issue they are passionate about in the society. Their peculiarity is often defined the resilience and focus they put forward against all odds in order to accomplish the mission for the betterment of others (CRH 1).Such a person often has both emotional and intellectual capacity superior to the average man, but do not let his emotions overcome his power of will and resolve to achieve what ails the society. They often see their action in the broader picture in terms of the well-being of the society in the long run. They often feel responsible for improving the living conditions of the society. He tends to portray a stature of confidence, high sensitivity to his environment, and extreme self-consciousness. At some point, such a person may reject the moral values and codes of a particular society and strives to bring improvements that serve the entire members of the society. As a result, he/she often portrays a double figure of repulsion to the proponents of status quo and that of fascination to those who yearn for change (CRH 1).
A hero/heroism often lives behind more than a legacy about him/her and is often almost regarded as a saint by the society due to their abilities that surpasses the average human understanding. They often tend to posse’s qualities which would be a virtue under normal conditions, but in reality proves to be fatal and they seem not perturbed by the eventualities of their course of action. The focal point of interest to them is often the realization of their quest as long as it is in the best interest of the general society. In the general view, they are often good people who matter to the society as they are seen as being worthwhile such as Martin Luther King Jr. (VFW 8). The variation between a Hero/Heroism and ordinary person or celebrity is the fact that heroes despite being brave and strong, caring and helpful, they do not expect a reward for their generous and selfless actions. They often accept their mistakes and put others before them and are concerned of their achievements for others and not their popularity. Their simplicity of lifestyle and concern for the welfare of others makes them standout even better than other people in the society (CRH 2).
Hero/Heroism is sometimes isolated from the society in search of their quest. To them such separations do not deter them from the service to the public whether they are self-imposed or externally imposed. To some extent their quests for social equality and service for all makes them antisocial. However, the achievement of their quest is often marked by a great appreciation from the entire public including their critics. In conclusion, heroism is the service to the people brought by the desire to bring change in the minds of people towards the perception of certain issues in the society.
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"CITIZENS RECOGNIZED FOR HEROISM, PUBLIC SERVICE." US Fed News Service, Including US State News Jul 20 2007 ProQuest. 19 Apr. 2014.