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What is A Hero? Is Our Definition of a Hero the Correct One?

Updated on July 25, 2014

The Definition of a Hero

The word “Hero” we all know what it means, but do we use the word correctly? Hero is supposed to mean according to the dictionary a “brave, noble person” Yet people today do not use it in the way it should be used. Hero is in danger of being one of the most overused words in today’s language. You have sports reporters using it to describe the play of an athlete; you have news reporters using it to describe pretty much everything. I think the word should be reserved and used for only what it is mean’t to be used for.

A True Hero

A true hero is someone who puts themselves in danger in order to help another person. Our soldier’s who are serving in a war zone are an example of a hero. They are out there in a country they know nothing about, they do not speak the language or know the custom’s of these people and yet they are there doing their duty and serving their country. These men and women have their entire lives in front of them, most of them are young just out of high school kids who have not even had a chance to be on their own and make decisions about their lives and they are thrust into a war zone. Many of them don’t come back; these people are “heroes”. They have left families who love them, friends who love them to help another person. Let’s call them what they are “Heroes”.

Are Celebrities Heroes?

Now on to athlete’s of today. Most athletes have huge ego’s, they all think that they are such great player’s that they should be paid million’s of dollars, charge children for their autograph’s and be worshipped by everyone because they are so good at playing a children’s game. Most of these player’s are quite good at what they do, but let’s face it, they are grown-ups playing a children’s game and getting paid quite well for it. They do not set a good example for any of today’s children, let alone earn the title of “Hero”. The sports reporter’s today use the word “hero” entirely too often. They describe a player’s athleticism as heroic, which it is not. For example: They recently held the World Soccer Tournament. The USA team did not win. Which is fine, but for these sports reporter’s to report that the USA Goalie is a “Hero” is not correct. Yes, he did make several very good stops, (meaning he did not let the other team score on him) but that does not make him a hero. He is not, and he should not be referred to as a hero. Yet that is all you heard on the news. That the goalie is coming back a hero. What did he do to deserve that title? The answer is nothing, because he should never have been called a hero.

Think When You Use the Word Hero

Next time you want to label someone as a hero, think about what the word means and make sure that the person you are saying it about actually deserve’s the title of “Hero”. God said there is no greater love than a person who gives his life for another. Think about it when you use the word.


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      Lukas 3 years ago

      Hi Lindsay and Amy I really hope you reply even thoguh it has been 2 years since you've posted on here I'm so glad to have found this site. My name is Nichole and I am almost 23 years old, I have suffered with NDPH since I was 16. I was a Sophomore in high school, it was near the end of 2006 when I got sick with bronchitis and the flu and coughed and coughed and noticed I had a really terrible headache with it. Once the sickness went away I noticed that the migraine, that pain in my head that had been so foreign to me prior to this, had not gone away, and still has not to this day I had to be home schooled and quit all of my sports I was a part of My friends went on with their lives and forgot about me while I had a constant 24/7 pain that I could not get rid of no matter how hard I tried or how much it killed me, physically and mentally. We began with Chiropractors, decompression machines, adjustments, etc. I traveled hours to probably 20 different Chiropractors that all said that they knew what I had and exactly how to treat it. I've tried natural supplements, over the counter medications, 6 Occipital nerve blocks in the back of my head, massage, diets of no wheat, no gluten, no sugar, vegan only, all with no progress. My family understands the pain and how I can be ok one minute but then pick up something slightly too heavy, walk a little too fast, sit down a little too hard and I will have to be in my room with blankets over my windows and absolutely no sound because the pain is so unbearable. It is so frustrating because I too feel like a burden, like ok you have a headache so what? Why can't you stay out late or get up early or work long shifts or run around and be active? But it is so much more than a headache It's become a way of life and although I think I handle it well I know that deep down I am depressed and deeply saddened by it because anytime I stop to think about it or talk to anyone about it I cry instantly. Lindsay, I too have tried the things you have with no help and at Cleveland Clinic where they did my nerve blocks they told me about the program where you stay there for an amount of time. My option they told me about when staying there was a few weeks, they would put me on all these medications and steroid medications, have physical therapy and counseling as well. They also said the FDA would soon be approving the Botox injections, I'm sorry those did not help you either NDPH has altered my life drastically, I can't work as much, I can't run around and just be free, I can't take a full load of classes at a time Basically I just want to thank you for having this site Amy, it is really more helpful than you know, just knowing that I'm not the only one to suffer from this and that I'm not the only one that has this pain to think about every single second of every day Bless you and bless all your readers, may you all find relief from the pain -Nichole