Wednesday, 25 May 2011

True Courageous Heroes

True heroes are those who demonstrate utmost courage by risking themselves in order to protect others, be it through openly objecting to an abusive system or government; or running into a burning building to rescue a life. 

Heroes are not those who express dissent or take a stand in situations where they are free and safe to do so; no. True heroes are those who object against an unjust system in situations where they face certain persecution, torture, or death for simply doing so. 

True heroes do not act from the safety and comfort of their armchairs. They do not act for self-benefit. They do not have the attitude of 'what can this world do for me'; instead, they exemplify 'what can I do for this world'. 

As the late Mixed Martial Arts Champion Evan Tanner once said:

"It is a shame that in this society we've been taught to judge a person's worth by what they own instead of who they are. Everything is surface, and so few look beyond it. People will sell their soul, lie, cheat and steal, for money. If they have it, they try to buy respect; Wear the 'right' clothes; drive the 'right' car; have the 'right' friends, that's all that matters to them. Our lives are consumed in a selfish, self absorbed quest for possessions, the latest and the best in a never-ending cycle until the day we die. We forget what it means to be truly human. We forget the things that really matter. We lose the magic of what life should be"

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