Heroes: Do They Still Exist?

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Heroes: Do They still Exist?
In modern times we hear the word hero all of the time. The news media throws the term around as if it is an everyday word. So who, or what, can be classified as heroic? The definition of a hero is a person, typically a man, who is admired for courage or noble qualities. To the average person, however, a hero is much more. To better understand what a hero is it may be easier to describe what a hero is not. A hero is not a football player who scores the game-winning touchdown or the goaltender who saves his team from a loss. Nearly every day on television, people talk of athletes and celebrities as being heroes, but are they? They are not heroes at all. When these athletes or celebrities save a child, by risking their lives, from a storm then they will possess the qualities to be called heroes in my opinion. Policemen and firemen are at times classified as heroes. Until they prove themselves they are just ordinary people. The title heroic is not given by occupation but by achievement. So, what is a hero? Heroes, broadly termed, are people who other people admire because of the positive character qualities or abilities they possess. A person can be a hero in many ways, but there are certain characteristics that qualify someone as a hero in other people's eyes. These are selflessness, sacrifice, saving, and stepping in. One defining characteristic of every hero is that they think of others before themselves. Many people, when called upon to name the heroes in their lives, will mention a parent or caregiver who clearly put the needs of their children, or those under their care, above their own. When someone acts in such a way that proves they care more about other people around them than they do about their own life, then they are considered a hero. Sacrifice is an extension of selflessness. It is giving up something perceived as good in order to achieve something that is perceived to be of even greater good. For example, a person may...
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