Thursday, January 04, 2007

heros that aren't

Everyday people almost die and get injured. And also, all the time, people can easily help them, without risking anything unusual, and of course they do. This second group sometimes gets the label "hero."

Yeah, I'm not buying it. Hero is a title for a person that risks major sacrifice in order to help. A hero is not a man that happens upon an abandoned baby, a daughter helping a drowning father in shallow water, or a cat dialing 9-1-1 mysteriously for the owner. These are stories of narrowly escaped tragedy, not heroism.

[OK, fine, the cat story is cute.]

Here is a real hero story.


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