The idea of a hero is a major part of our society. We have blockbusters in the theater that are all about super heroes saving the world. We have athletes, musicians, and other celebrities that we admire and even put in the place of a hero. We see someone stand up for someone we believe in or share their story which is similar to our own, and we view their act as an act of heroism. Our military members serve to protect our country and freedoms, and we view them as heroes. There is no set definition of a hero. The dictionary defines the word hero as, “a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities” and it defines heroism as, “courageous action”.
Even the dictionary struggles to truly define a hero or heroism. Everyone has their own view of what a hero is. If a celebrity’s story in a magazine helps them with their own lives, then they have every right to hold that celebrity up as a hero in their own life. Just because someone doesn’t lay their life on the line for something, doesn’t mean they aren’t heroic. A courageous act does not automatically mean life and death. A courageous act can be anything that makes a difference to someone else. A courageous act can simply be someone who does what they need to do to take care of their family.
The men and women of our military are definitely courageous and they should be viewed as heroic. However, some people do not see them that way, and that is okay. Just because they have a different idea of what a hero is, doesn’t make them wrong.
Heroism is in the eye of the beholder. Everybody is different, and just like with anything else, they will have a different idea of what is heroic. Most of us have multiple definitions for heroism. We have many different people both past and present that we view as heroes.
Heroism is in the eye of the beholder. Most people who are considered a hero by others don’t even see themselves as one. They don’t do what they do for the, for lack of a better word, hero worship. They do what they do because they have a talent or they feel a calling to do it. It is the rest of us who choose to see them in a heroic light and call them a hero. So, if we choose to call them heroes, then we should be able to choose who we call a hero.
Heroes are just people we see in a different light. They are people we view as courageous.
So, I’ll say it again, heroism is in the eye of the beholder. Embrace the differences, celebrate your heroes, and let others do the same!