Nathaniel Hawthorne said, “A hero cannot be a hero unless in a heroic world.” In a world filled with war, disease, poverty and politics, one can be forgiven for thinking there’s no place for heroes today.
Are there no heroes today? What is a hero anyway?
There are undoubtedly heroes today. Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese opposition politician, whose party, the National League for Democracy, in the 1990 general election won 59 per cent of the vote. Suu Kyi, however, was under house arrest and remained so until Nov. 13, 2010. Suu Kyi is something of a hero in Burma because of her tireless determination and her constant outspokenness on behalf of democracy.
On April 1, Suu Kyi proved the worth of her perseverance by resoundingly taking the most recent by-elections. According to The St. Catharines Standard her party won all 44 seats it contested. You might say it was a heroic victory.
It isn’t just politicians or big picture shapers who can be heroes, but regular people are sometimes heroes too.
Christian Ramsay, 21, in the Health Science program, says his mother is his hero.
“She has 11 kids, but she went to school, didn’t rely on welfare and didn’t take the easy route; I learn from her.”
Ramsay says heroes are people to look up to and to guide your actions. “It’s good to say that person’s been through worse, they’re a kind of conscience crutch.”
If regular people can be heroes, how do they do it? What sets Joe Blow apart from Superman? I like to think it is determination.
John Atkinson was an American psychologist who pioneered the scientific study of human motivation. His theory of achievement motivation says we come to any situation with two factors in mind: our hope for success and our fear of failure. The motivation to avoid failure causes us to work harder to ensure success or it can cause us to avoid the task.
It’s right between those lines that someone becomes a hero. Those who succeed despite fear of failure and because of a hope for success are the real heroes.
It is not to say that if you fail you can’t be a hero; surely it’s quite the opposite. How else would you learn determination if you never failed?
Author and professor of philosophy Andrew Bernstein said, “A hero has faced it all: he need not be undefeated, but he must be undaunted.”
Ksenia Kudryashova, 23, an English as a Second Language student, from Chelyabinsk, Russia, says it’s easy for someone to be a hero.
“Just be yourself, believe in yourself and do a good thing, and you will be a hero for someone.”
Heroes shape our world. Whether it’s a mother, a politician, a scientist or an activist, we need heroes to progress, to test boundaries and offer more than the status quo.
Look at yourself today and ask, “are you a hero?” Why not? Why are you letting that hold you back? Drop the fear. It’s easy.
Remember, you are a human and every hero that ever was, was nothing more.
As the French dramatist and novelist, Romain Rolland said, “A hero is a man who does what he can.”
Обер-фельдкурат пускал ветры, рыгал и зевал "Смоленская осада 1609-1611" во весь рот.
Теперь мы будем "Английский шаг за шагом Ключи-ответы к упражнениям" звать его, чтобы "Час Быка" он снова был с нами!
К сожалению, с доктором философии "Законодательство об опеке и попечительстве" Кэтлин О’Доннел у него были некоторые проблемы.
Однако когда начальник госпиталя позвонил мне, "Записки невесты программиста" никто из них еще не успел прийти в себя настолько, "Первичные документы для бухгалтера" чтобы внятно рассказать о том, что "За землю Русскую. Древнерусские повести" произошло.
Те ребята не походили на людей, открывающих "Люди нашего царя" стрельбу раньше, чем находили мишень.
Мне нужно было знать "Домик в подарок" один ли он там.
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