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Ovation: GUEST POST! Distinguishing The Real Heroes Of Our Generation.

The word “hero” gets thrown around often. There are certainly heroes from all walks of life, all around the world. Interestingly enough, most people who are considered heroes would deny that they are heroic. Many people fall into becoming a hero, for example, when they save someone from a burning building. While others are considered heroes by default, such as firefighters or police. Asking just about anyone what constitutes a hero will get an abundance of different answers. Here, are 5 distinguishing characters of the real heroes of our generation.
Dissent – One thing that makes a hero is someone who stands up for what is right, no matter the situation. For example, in the 1968 Olympics African American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in protest of treatments of African Americans in the United States and around the world. This was an extremely unpopular move, and the pair were booed by the full stadium. In the end, they were kicked out of the Olympic village and were largely shunned. These athletes stood up for what they believe to be wrong, and put their reputations on the line.
Payment – One thing that distinguishes heroes is what is in it for them. A police officer or a firefighter gets a salary. In fact, most people who work in protecting the public are exceedingly safe and get a terrific retirement. Not only that, but working as a police officer is a safe job in most areas of the country. The number one killer of police in most cities is car accidents, not violence from apprehending criminals.
Performing – Many people become heroes by being thrust into a situation. When a person witnesses a car accident and pulls a person out of a burning car, they are considered a hero. When ordinary people do what is thrust upon them, they are considered heroes. When a person puts their own well being at risk, most people would consider them a true hero.
Careers – Other heroes are everyday heroes. The average EMT driver makes less than a waiter, yet they save lives. A lot of doctors, nurses, and scientists are working for the greater good. Oftentimes, they pass up lucrative employment to help better the world. This is the same with some lawyers who volunteer, or take up causes such as ending the death penalty. Anyone who is changing the world in a positive way as much as they do deserve to be called heroes.
Credit – A true hero is one who goes about their work and is humble. Any hero should be humble and not call themselves a hero. When someone stands up for others, or makes the world a better place, they should do it out of love. Anyone looking to become a hero is not necessarily going to become a hero.The definition of a hero varies widely. Some people may consider a policeman a hero, while others do not like police. While others may see a lawyer as a hero, and again, others dislike him. Most people who are called heroes often deflect the label.
Arlene Rogerstern writes about general interest, finance & more at
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One Comment
  1. Great post. I was thinking of Neil Armstrong as I read this. He actually diverted credit to others and did not pat himself on the back. I read also that the true indicator of a real leader is they defer credit to others, where as others would look to take credit. Well done.


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