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I have noticed that lately, every time I turn on the TV, some media outlet is telling me that “so and so is a hero.” Possibly this has been going on for a while, and I am just now noticing? There are reasons that I am not having any of this. First of all, when did we relinquish our perception, our moral standard(s), and our choice to the great void out there that is “The Media,” including so-called Social Media? Secondly, the entities that are held up as heroes today are, for the most part, “the flavor of the week.” Whatever is being pushed down the public’s throat by someone’s agenda, whether that agenda is political, financial, religious, and/or corporate, somewhere in that agenda resides a genuine “hero” by golly!
In my mind, Johnny Cash was a hero. He stuck to his guns and advocated for the prison population at a time when doing so was very unpopular. (It still is!) He fought his way back from the bottom that comes with the self-destructive behavior that often accompanies addiction. He rebuilt his life from the bottom up. He fought for the love he wanted in his life, even though he had to win her back. Although he was not a perfect man, he was an empathetic, giving, humble man.
I have a friend who is a musician. He used to play guitar, and then he was injured in an accident and can’t play anymore due to lessened mobility in his arms. Although he is now in a wheelchair, he rebuilt his his career playing harmonica. He does as many live performances as he can. This past spring he was nominated by his peers for the Best New Artist CD Blues Music Award. That is someone that doesn’t let life get him down. My friend triumphed in the face of adversity. He is a hero.
Helped fund treatment for a friend or donated an organ to save a life? You are a hero!
To me, a single mother who works two jobs, goes to school, and still finds time to guide and raise decent human beings is a hero.
To me, every soldier that fights for our country, and returns to a mostly indifferent nation, is a hero.
To me, Mohammed Ali is a hero. He stood up for his convictions, even when it cost him the Heavyweight Championship. He took his case to the Supreme Court, and won.
To me, people that stand up for what they believe are heroes:
People that advocate for a Woman’s Right To Choose
People that advocate for Voting Rights for all
People that advocate for Marriage Rights for all
People that advocate for those that are less fortunate than themselves
The teachers in Newtown, CT that sacrificed themselves to save their students from an insane gunman are heroes
Mothers, Fathers, and caregivers who go to work each day, hating their jobs, working long hours for dismal pay, trying to meet their responsibilities at home and pay for schooling to advance in life – they are heroes.
People that advocate hate are NOT heroes.
Politicians that disregard the poorest among us are not heroes.
Those who endeavor to treat women as second class citizens by paying them less than men for the same work, limiting their access to health care and birth control, and forcing them to have unnecessary medical procedures prior to obtaining medical care, are NOT heroes.
I am a firm believer in “I can’t describe it, but I know it when I see it.”
Underneath all the bluster, social media, and BS, we all know who the real heroes are.