A rather pretentious title but nonetheless true. The Hero or alternatively, the Heroin, is the rare individual who sacrifices everything for the sake of others. The ultimate act of altruism. Heroes and Heroins are not perfect, only willing. They can be any age and any gender but they all share one thing in common, a willingness to give their all for someone else whether they know that person or not. Some say that the only true hero’s are dead.
Bravery is a byproduct of their choice, desperation and moral compulsion their fuel. Heros care nothing about living forever but such is usually their fate. Celebrated, admired and sometimes adored, no higher honor could be bestowed than to remember the hero and emulate their code. To care about someone, anyone and everyone, more than about oneself.
Pity the Hero I say, in those quiet times when you are alone. Most of us will never know what it feels like to leave all that we know and love behind in some ultimate quest to save people who often don’t even know their savior’s name. Most true Heros remain unsung.
True hero’s are never paid for their sacrifice, they are not employees. True Hero’s receive only pain and death for their selfless acts, consigned to obscurity. Those individuals that socioty favors lauding as Heros and Heroins are usually mere symbols meant to divert the emotions as some propagandist tool deployed for mass mind control. Better a hero than an employee simply doing what they were paid to do.
Both pity and admire only true Heros and Heroins, those nameless, faceless rarities who gave their all for all of us, both past and yet destined to be. Pity them the love that they never got to share, the children they never knew and the life they can no longer live. Weep for the Hero and celebrate them as well, emulate thier ethos by living for others and in so doing honor their sacrifice. Aspire to be so courageous and pray for the strength to not faulter when answering the call.
Most of all forgive the Hero, lest you be blinded to their virtues by the shortcomings of their humanity.
There is no such thing as a perfect Hero, perfection can only be found in their heroic acts.