What makes a hero?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by boaz, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. boaz

    boaz Songster

    May 26, 2009
    Woodville, MS
    By all accounts the police officer, Kimberly Munley is the hero in shooting the assailant 4 times while being wounded herself at Fort Hood this week. I post this for one primary reason, we need heros to admire, especially our children and we desperately need heros to emulate for the right reasons. There is a hefty list of wrong reasons to emulate someone of notoriety and it sometimes needs posting what reasons provide for peace, goodness. I believe the decisions of self sacrifice by the men and women of our service organizations are the heroic part. She acted courageously and has my admiration and for all those that have made decisions to put others ahead of self on a daily basis, my gratitude.

  2. rocktheflock

    rocktheflock Songster

    Jan 24, 2009
    SW Ohio
  3. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Songster

    To answer your question...
    Ordinary people acting extraordinary in unconditional situations.
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I heard he got her through both legs with one bullet.

    I truly wish she would have got him in the forehead one of those four times. It's what he expected to happen.

    She is still my heroine!

  5. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

    Jul 8, 2007
    Woodville, MS
    Here's my idea of the perfect definition of a "hero" or someone to emulate:

    "If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
    And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

    If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    ' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
    if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
    And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!"

    — Rudyard Kipling (If: A Father's Advice to His Son)
  6. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:You very succintly put my thoughts together for me. Thank you!

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