I don’t agree with the comment about soldiers risking their lives for us being heroes. just because you sign on the dotted line doesn’t mean that you’re a hero. that’s just another reason the word is thrown around all too often.
i know plenty of people that signed up for the military because its their only option. they failed at school so they gave up and enlisted. Sure they can be a hero if the opportunity arises, but until that happens they should not be deemed a hero.
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The concept of a story archetype of the standard "hero's " that was reputed to be pervasive across all cultures is somewhat controversial. Expounded mainly by in his 1949 work , it illustrates several uniting themes of hero stories that hold similar ideas of what a hero represents, despite vastly different cultures and beliefs. The monomyth or Hero's Journey consists of three separate stages including the Departure, Initiation, and Return. Within these stages there are several archetypes that the hero or heroine may follow including the call to adventure (which they may initially refuse), supernatural aid, proceeding down a road of trials, achieving a realization about themselves (or an apotheosis), and attaining the freedom to live through their quest or journey. Campbell offered examples of stories with similar themes such as , , , and . One of the themes he explores is the androgynous hero, who combines male and female traits, like Bodhisattva: "The first wonder to be noted here is the androgynous character of the Bodhisattva: masculine Avalokiteshvara, feminine Kwan Yin." In his 1968 book, , Campbell writes "It is clear that, whether accurate or not as to biographical detail, the moving legend of the Crucified and Risen Christ was fit to bring a new warmth, immediacy, and humanity, to the old motifs of the beloved , , and cycles."
This is a very comprehensive discussion on heroism. Victor makes a great point in his comment about how most heroes go unnoticed by the vast majority of people. I think that lack of notoriety is part of what it means to be a hero: doing that which is unexpected without the need for a pat on the back.
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