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Valyooo (32.94)

Hero's, defined by America



November 29, 2011 – Comments (5)

I see the word 'hero' or 'heroic' thrown around a lot in many different ways. 

Definition I found for hero:  person, typically a man, who is admired for courage or noble qualities. 

From a yahoo finance article I just read: "But here's the thing. Through the post-crisis period, American consumers and individuals have made — and are continuing to make — serious, sometimes heroic efforts to save, stay current on financial obligations, and pay down and restructure debt"

So according to this definition, being heroic is just paying back what you owe.  I wonder if I am a hero for going to work, not killing people, and avoiding pillaging.

I remember reading a blog once where a kid killed himself and it was a memorial page.  People were referring to him as heroic, and a soldier.

When did hero's start killing themselves...and I thought soldiers killed OTHERS

Now the third one.  I always here about firefighters being called hereoic.  Now my question is...can you be considered a hero for doing something you're paid to do?  Is a doctor a hero for saving a life, or is it just part of his job?  I could see calling a banker heroic for rescuing somebody from a fire...but a firefighters?

I would like to hear some opinions on this.

5 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On November 29, 2011 at 2:02 PM, Valyooo (32.94) wrote:

I hate making grammatical errors in the title

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#2) On November 29, 2011 at 2:25 PM, Schmacko (90.36) wrote:

71% of firefighters in america are volunteers.

If you not only aren't getting paid to rescue people from fires but do it for free on a regular basis, then yes, you're a hero.

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#3) On November 29, 2011 at 2:41 PM, miteycasey (29.03) wrote:

It's propaganda.

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#4) On November 29, 2011 at 2:56 PM, DJDynamicNC (37.83) wrote:

I think that an American mortgage holder who trusted his banker to do what the banker was paid to do and guide her to an appropriate mortgage, but wound up getting sold a subprime piece of crap so that same banker could collect an extra bonus, could be referred to as heroic if she continues to do whatever it takes to make those payments on the crappy deal that got dumped on her head because she did exactly what she was told she was supposed to do.

I think that somebody who risks his life to clamber through burning buildings and pull you out of a smoke-clogged room and keep you alive - without regard to who you are, where you live, or if you've just been on the internet making snarky posts questioning his dedication - counts as a hero. Being paid for doing a job is part of capitalism, and there is no escaping it; consequently, accepting pay for doing a job in no way sullies the pay accepter, provided capitalism itself is not inherently tainted and thus sullies all it touches in any way (which is a different debate entirely).

I think it's telling that you chose to consider a banker heroic but not a firefighter.

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#5) On November 29, 2011 at 7:34 PM, Frankydontfailme (29.41) wrote:

When did Valy say that he considered a banker heroic DJD - hear what you want to hear much?

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