I must confess I have no personal hero, no man whom I could call that. But in this essay, I would like to write about who is a "hero of our time."
"Hero of our time - who is he?"
The word "hero" can be understood in different ways. On the one hand, it is - an event participant, on the other - is a special individual who stands out from the crowd with an outstanding quality of personality.
In Russian literature has known Lermontov's novel “Hero of Our Time." Lermontov said that "Pechorin - have title of the work," no matter what it was. It's no secret that Pechorin is not ideal, it is worse than usual selfish, because he is aware of this, but cannot do anything. Consequently, the hero of our time can be any person, despite what his profession, education, he is interested in, what nationality he was – this is just not important. All we are heroes, if you look at the situation from the point of view of Lermontov.
However, to create an image of a man, you need the total weight of the most characteristic features of the modern personality traits, behaviors, and then combine them into one set. In short, our task - to draw the typical person living in the present and deal with the most characteristic works of our time.
What is it? It is difficult to answer this question, because everyone is different, so it is best to consider each case separately. I'll try to draw bad and good image, and then - midway.
A poor hero of our time. This man immoral, selfish, who lives by the principles of "take everything from life", "in this life you have to try everything" etc. He was not interested in anything, the setting abroad of his biological needs and the needs in enjoying normally reads smokes and drinks. But it can even be educated, intelligent, just use your mind for selfish purposes, only for their own benefit. Briefly we can say that it is - the subject, contribute to the degradation of society.
Who is the real hero of time that brings progress, which tends to higher ideals? Among the men of his age, I almost never met such, probably because I have not seen the light. This person has specific interests, clear views and the opinion which justified and, most of all, fair. He does not allow ignoring culture happening in the world and society. His mind is always aware of the most urgent problems of the world, and most importantly - it can reason analytically, supporting his arguments with facts and arguments. The true hero of our time should not only talk, but also to do something, set a goal and go to it. Still regards qualities - integrity, honesty, disregard public opinion in order to achieve good goals, broad-minded, well-read, a good sports training. Many would think that I just described is how I see the ideal hero of our time. Yes, it is only an ideal; these words have, but not always easy to live with them. The reality is much complicated.
And who are we to place the middle? This individual has a moral, but often neglects it; it refers to the skeptical. Sure, the "middling" has an opinion, but he does not like his voice, only if it is directly concern them. At the end of the college or institute his way, developing the mind ends - mind dry science and moral development at a standstill, or morals already forms the final. This character will not do something about it if you can think of bad, sometimes it is so concerned about what others think of him, that he completely ceases to believe in yourself, although it has a good ability. He is also not averse to have fun or to engage in "doing nothing", but there is hardly a person who is not engaged. Sometimes middling commits evil deeds, but on the conscience leaves scars he suffers as Raskolnikov in the novel "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky. But this is not always the case. Not always tormented his conscience, because everything is relative in this world, as we know. Understandably, there is no particular way; there is no specific person, because all individual, within each there is a whole world, not everyone seems to us possible to study because there are closed and people.
Now I will describe a man who was once considered a hero - he's my buddy. Not to say that he was a moral monster, but do not say that he - perfection. I admire the fact that he managed to create a new you and get used to life in this manner. He is a man of mystery, do not know what to expect from him. Thanks to its perfect captive awakens even respect, the present, which rests not on fear, and admiration. Yes, he's funny, likes to joke dissolute, but looking around, you realize that the whole world and it is impossible to be a black sheep - you have to adapt to the different conditions, and people get used to everything. And a friend of mine used to everything, adapts. Not a material device, not a desire to benefit, and the desire to be the soul of the campaign, all cheering pick up the entirely specified key. He has incredible property as a girl; he is witty, which is why some of the girls say - " oh, he's too smart, I would meet with him did not." Of course, my friend read, enlightened and crazy about sports. But not without weaknesses: sometimes plant his own ambitions as a dead end, it makes my friend to take the world as it is, because that will not happen - all the better.
Thus, the hero of our time - it's every person living in our time, whoever he was, and how - he's a hero. In his work, I have described three types of people who are classified according to certain criteria, these people - the most common types of personalities that occur in our society. Finally, I describe a person who once admired some wonderful quality that is put into the ideal, but this man - another story, he's real, and it exists as one of the heroes of our time. Ideals do not exist. Everyone I have described, in my opinion are heroes of our time.
Russian reader: Lermontof's modern hero, with English translation and biographical sketch by Ivan Nestor-Schnurmann. Cambridge, Univ. press, 1899. XX, 403 pp.
The hero of our days. Transl. by Theresa Pulszky. London, Hudgson, 1854. 232 pp. "The Parlour Library". Vol.112. ("Fatalist" not translated).
Dostoevsky, Fyodor (1866). Crime and Punishment. Translated in English by Constance Garnett