Shimoniac Jones

I didn't lose my mind – it fled in terror.

Heroes, not just sandwiches anymore!

A blogger I follow, recently published a post about an event that woke the demons that gnaw on his psyche. He was agitated and sorrowful, so I recycled some wisdom that I’d read somewhere else and clicked “reply”.

That was it.

A few hours later I found that he’d replied to my comment, as he replies to so many others, so I opened the dialogue box to see what he’d said. Usually, it’s a simple acknowledgement, sometimes it’s witty, occasionally it’s profound-ish.

Without any apparent irony or derision, he said that I was his hero. Now, it’s incredibly difficult to sense sarcasm in the written word, but I don’t think that there was any there. So I began thinking about this concept of “hero”.

A hero is a person known for courageous acts or nobility of character. A hero is also someone who has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model or ideal.

I recently read about a man, who rescued a three year-old girl from being trampled by a runaway team of horses. He ran into harm’s way, knowing that he could get hurt, possibly killed; but unable to just stand there and watch an innocent child get mowed down. He refused the label “hero”, because, in his mind, he only did what was necessary. The fact that he was then run down by that team of horses, collecting bruises, stitches, and broken facial bones was, to him, nothing big.

So, for this blogger to call me his hero took me aback. Then I read the second definition of hero again. I didn’t do anything particularly courageous when I typed my reply to that blogger’s post, but perhaps he thought that I’d demonstrated a personal quality that he admired.

That led me to realize that we can all be heroes to someone else. It doesn’t necessarily mean getting run over by a team of horses, or a huge expenditure of time or money. It can, in fact, be nothing more than offering a kind word to someone having a bad day, or offering an ear to someone who needs someone to talk to.

Of course, if you do want to dash in front of a team of runaway horses to save my flabby ass, feel free.  😀

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3 thoughts on “Heroes, not just sandwiches anymore!

  1. The word “hero” is, of course, one of many that are commonly misused in attempts to convey enthusiasm for a point of view. One of our local TV stations sports a regular series of PSA’s on citizens who served in the military, calling them “local heroes.” I can tell you honestly that not everyone who has an honorable discharge is a hero.

    Another example is the use of “unbelievable” to denote something very good. Drives me nuts. Unbelievable means lacking credulity, or at least it used to. I can only note that I can tell whether a writer respects the meaning of words and if that quality is missing, my respect for his point of view suffers accordingly.

  2. I think you meant to say “unbelievable means lacking credibility“. Other than that, I agree.

  3. The term “hero” is subjective, buddy.
    But in any case, you more than qualify..

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