Heroism is true and imaginary

Heroism is true and imaginary

What do people put in the notion of “heroism”? Heroism is courage, determination, self-sacrifice in a critical situation. But can there be imaginary heroism? Let’s try to understand this with concrete examples.

So, whom do we call the true hero in the sense that we put in the word “heroism”? Such a hero can be called a fireman, who, despising the deadly danger, takes out a choking child out of the fire, although he could wait for his firefighters to extinguish the fire so that he can pass with a minimum risk to his health.

Doctors who save crippled people during military operations in various countries, dying of bullets and shells of warring factions, also show an example of true heroism.

A policeman who resolutely stands in the way of a bandit ready to kill for the sake of a dose of a drug or a bundle of bloodied money is undoubtedly a true hero.

But there are also sad examples of imaginary heroism. This is the “heroism” of kamikaze terrorists who destroy hundreds of innocent souls with their explosives. And although their “feats” are regarded as heroic in some countries by radical groups of the population, in fact it is imaginary heroism. The highest goal can not justify even one drop of the blood of an innocent person!

Maybe my next example will not be the same in importance, but the boy, covering his friends-bullies, who does not call their names to the teacher, is as much an imaginary hero as a bandit! Although the comparison is too harsh, maybe even cruel, but it is from such a small, petty imaginary heroism that the big, bloody “heroism” of the bandits grows. This is mine, for certain, for somebody a controversial, opinion.


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Heroism is true and imaginary