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Old 09-05-2012, 08:33 AM  
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Definition of a Hero?

Ok....I don't want to word this the wrong way, so forgive me if I do.

I hear alot about Hero's every time there is mention of anyone in the armed services. This sort of bothers me. Much in the same way that the term 'great' is used left and right when announcers/fans etc describe a 'good' player etc. I think the over-usage of these terms diminishes the impact of the words themselves. I think there are plenty of hero's in the armed forces, however II don't think the word should be used with such a borad stroke.

From my standpoint, the service men and women that most refer to as "Hero's" is a little over the top. In my mind, a Hero is someone who goes way above and beyond; potentially paying the ultimate sacrifice for his comrades or civilians..

I think the correct term for servicemen/women is 'Patriot'. Save the 'hero' term for the true Hero's.

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Old 09-05-2012, 08:35 AM   #2
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I agree. To me, a hero is someone who willingly puts their life in danger to help someone else.
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:36 AM   #3
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I think it's someone who does something that people would generally not want to do in order to selflessly help another person.

Obviously this would have a lot of different degrees to it, and it should have some exceptions built in, but that's my general rule of thumb.
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:44 AM   #4
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Ok....I don't want to word this the wrong way, so forgive me if I do.

I hear alot about Hero's every time there is mention of anyone in the armed services. This sort of bothers me. Much in the same way that the term 'great' is used left and right when announcers/fans etc describe a 'good' player etc. I think the over-usage of these terms diminishes the impact of the words themselves. I think there are plenty of hero's in the armed forces, however II don't think the word should be used with such a borad stroke.

From my standpoint, the service men and women that most refer to as "Hero's" is a little over the top. In my mind, a Hero is someone who goes way above and beyond; potentially paying the ultimate sacrifice for his comrades or civilians..

I think the correct term for servicemen/women is 'Patriot'. Save the 'hero' term for the true Hero's.

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I struggled with this same question for years actually. I finally got to the point where I could see that I was influenced by the movie culture in the 50's and 60's. They helped paint the picture of extraordinary heroism. That's not the message they should have sent, if it was their purpose to do so. Heroism is much broader in reality I think.
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:58 AM   #5
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This all came about when someone at work found out I was in the Navy, and thanked me; and said something to the effect of "We need more hero's like you" etc.

uhhhh, ok?

I'm proud of what I did; proud to serve....but in no way would I ever consider myself a hero
Just odd to me that it's used with such regularity. I think it's something to do with the atmoshphere since 9/11
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:00 AM   #6
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:01 AM   #7
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:45 AM   #8
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This all came about when someone at work found out I was in the Navy, and thanked me; and said something to the effect of "We need more hero's like you" etc.

uhhhh, ok?

I'm proud of what I did; proud to serve....but in no way would I ever consider myself a hero
Just odd to me that it's used with such regularity. I think it's something to do with the atmoshphere since 9/11
I agree with you about the overuse of that word. I know plenty of dopes who served in the military along with lots of great guys.

But don't kid yourself. You're not just a hero, you're a superhero. I get a tear in my eye when I see your avatar and my wife is always asking me why I can't be more like Dayze.
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:19 AM   #9
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The term "hero" has been thrown about so much that it's lost its impact...which is sad for the true heroes. Kind of like the "participation" trophies kids get nowadays...the kids who deserved the true trophies get that much less recognition. I guess it makes sense though; we have so few true heroes to point to anymore.
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:31 AM   #10
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I'm OK with calling active duty service members, who voluntarily sign up to get shot at to defend our country with whatever means they need to, heroes. I would be less enthusiastic about applying the term to a supply clerk or logistics clerk, but as for the front lines, I think it applies.

What bothers me is when it's applied to, for example, athletes.
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:56 AM   #12
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I agree with you about the overuse of that word. I know plenty of dopes who served in the military along with lots of great guys.

But don't kid yourself. You're not just a hero, you're a superhero. I get a tear in my eye when I see your avatar and my wife is always asking me why I can't be more like Dayze.
see...you 'get it'. If only everyone else would, then I wouldn't feel weird wearing the damn cape everyday.
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:57 AM   #13
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I'm OK with calling active duty service members, who voluntarily sign up to get shot at to defend our country with whatever means they need to, heroes. I would be less enthusiastic about applying the term to a supply clerk or logistics clerk, but as for the front lines, I think it applies.

What bothers me is when it's applied to, for example, athletes.

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Old 09-05-2012, 11:00 AM   #14
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I think the real heroes are the politicians who send the soldiers off to die. That's a hard decision to make.
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:02 AM   #15
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I think a hero is someone who gives up their life for a greater cause than themselves. For example, a suicide bomber for the cause of Palestinian liberation.
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