Does anyone else feel like the term hero is being over used? It seems like the media tags someone a hero without hesitation. This bothers me. I have a firm idea of what makes someone a hero.
For example this man is a hero in my eyes.
This man without thought for his own life went and grabbed the boy from the fire. That to me is a hero.
Now there is another man who people are calling a hero also. However, I don't call him a hero. (here is where I piss people off) I call him a man who did his job well. A man who was saving his own ass and in the process saved others. In my opinion doing your job does not make you a hero.
Yes he saved people by crash landing in the river instead of the buildings but think about this. Here is a pilot who knows he is going to crash. He has a choice to crash into buildings or crash into a river. He chose to crash into a river. How really does that make him a hero? He was doing his job. Should he be awarded for it. Hell yes. Should people be proud of him? Yes. Should the families of the people he kept alive with his decision honor him? Yes.
Does it make him a hero to me? No. No it doesn't.
A hero does something free will. A hero makes a choice to go out of his comfort zone to save someone.
Another example? (more angry people now....)
Should a soldier be considered a hero? No. Not all of them. They are doing their job. Should we hold them in the highest esteem? Yes. Should we support them in everything? Yes. They keep our country safe. They need our love and support. They are our backbone. But just serving our country as their job does not a hero make. There will be some soldiers who are heroes though. Just not every one of them. The media portrays them all as returning heroes. I don't agree.
A honest to God hero is someone like this group of people. People who knew they were going to die if they did something before letting the people in charge choose their death. They knew by doing something they would cause their own death yet they chose to act instead of sit back.
The people of flight 93 knew they were on a plane bound to kill innocent people. They were aware of what had been happening. They chose to stop the terrorists the only way they knew how. They acted knowing they were choosing death for themselves while saving innocent lives in another location. They are true heroes.
I think the media needs to calm down on it's use of the word hero or it won't mean anything anymore. It will just be a catch phrase.
So I guess I just feel if you are doing your job you are not automaticly a hero. There are times however when you are. Sigh.
One last thing that has nothing at all to do with this post.... what in the heck is a google reader?