Heroes Inflation

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Peter Gi
English 93

Heroes Inflation

What are heroes? more specifically what is an hero to you? In the article Hero Inflation written by Nicholas Thompson, he describes and tells those in America that the word hero today isn’t what it used to be. Traditionally, in the past hero was looked up as doing a heroic act, not required of them to do so. That the word itself, and what people describe it to be today is lowered, that we “cheapen the word in some ways, the exploits of people who have earned the right to be called that in past”. Me personally disagree with that method, and many others in society would argue on their behalf. We all have freedom of speech so I can’t say he is wrong, but i do believe everyone has their own opinion to what a hero can be, and that could be anything. Depending on what he or she may believes. I would also like to point out that those that have past on the men and women in the 9/11 incident deserve what ever award or rank that was given to them. It was only right to give them what they put their lives on the line for. I don’t think its right to give everyone a medal from the incident, but only to those who were willing to go out there, knowing their lives were in jeopardy. Labeling police, and fire fighters does not cheapen what hero stands for. They all, that day, put their lives on the line knowing it was a 50/50 chance of making it out. They all had decisions to not go through with it, even if it were their jobs. It is wrong to say they were just doing there jobs. Tell that to those you have lost a loved one from that tragic day. They deserve everything they receive and more.

The total amount of fire fighter that gave their lives in the world trade center incident racked up to 343 deaths. Thats not even including the police, and paramedics. The amount of casualties all together, including the civilian, hijackers, and workers equal up to 2,606. That’s a lot, but not all deserve the rank or achievement to be called...
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