David Fang

05 Dec.


"Who is your hero? " If you ask me this question when I was a kid, I would answer that heroic characters in screens or stories are my heroes. They are strong, loyal and outstanding fighters. Many are willing to risk their lives to save others. Heroes have instincts, which lead them to do actions of good towards other people.

But as I grow much older, I find my definition a little shallow and immature. I've thought about this idea when I was to write this article. And I finally kind of figure out that it is because these characters are the ones who are most displayed and shown through movies and stories. They are looked up to and respected and they are the main interests in the society as the media is a major aspect of peoples' lives. So my heroes have changed over the years, since my perception of what a hero is has changed.

A hero is not always famous or has super powers. People have many heroes through life. They come and they go as time passes. A new day brings a new hero and as times change, so does the hero. A hero means many things to many people. For the majority of people, a hero is a person who makes a difference with an insignificant action, but yet, it has a tremendous impact in their life.

A hero is someone admirable because of his outstanding courage, intelligence, nobility, or exploits. Hero faces dangerous tasks and trials, and is considered heroic only when he finds a way to handle those situations, or die trying. He sees ways on how to protect, not himself, but the people around him. However, intelligence and creativity in finding solutions to a problem are nothing without courage. Most heroes would not ever be in those situations to begin with if they were not brave.

Hero do not think of themselves before acting. A hero only considers the consequences of not acting at all. A hero is a genuine person who cares for the well being and prosperity of others without seeking any attention for fame or redemption. A hero will not wait around for thanks. There is no thought behind a heroic deed.

Heroes are needed because they give people something to aspire to  and they provide hope and meaning to people's lives.

As a matter of fact, we are all heroes and have our own heroes. We just need to see it in ourselves and those that do heroic things around us. We don't have to save the whole world, do we?

There is no clear definition of a hero. The smallest act of kindness can be of greater value to the recipient.

I believe that a hero is made and not born. Thus, a hero may have lived an immoral life but this does not mean that he cannot do acts of bravery in the same way that the ones who lived a noble life have no possibility of doing something that is immoral. In cases of unintentional heroism, where an individual is placed unwillingly in a dangerous situation, a fire for instance, and still tried to rescue other's lives, are examples in which we can site heroes who may be, in a way, not the ideal hero due to the way he lived his life. A fireman may live a vicious life but can still be considered a hero since he saves lives. This, I believe, is also true for anyone because I think that each person may become a hero at some point in his life.

We create, adopt, or idolize heroes because we need them to help us grow. We use heroes to solve every day dilemmas. They help us realize our passions, chase after our dreams, and follow our hearts.

We are heroes of our own.


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