Sunday, February 10, 2013
Who Is Your Hero?
“Unconsciously we all have a standard by which we measure other men, and if we examine closely we find that this standard is a very simple one, and is this: we admire them, we envy them, for great qualities we ourselves lack. Hero worship consists in just that. Our heroes are men who do things which we recognize, with regret, and sometimes with a secret shame, that we cannot do. We find not much in ourselves to admire, we are always privately wanting to be like somebody else. If everybody was satisfied with himself, there would be no heroes.” ~Mark Twain
I have to take this blog to a more serious level today.
I have been thinking about two people I admire the hell out of who I am blessed to call friends. Who they are, what they stand for and their unending courage is why I give them my admiration. Both have been called hero's by others.
The first one is deemed a hero nationally because of what she did to take down a terrorist firing on, killing and wounding many soldiers. She herself was shot. My admiration is there for her courage that day but more so for the courage she is exhibiting right now taking on the Federal government to right a wrong that she won't even benefit from. She has put herself out there as the face for this national campaign risking her security as well as her families just for the right thing to be done. She has proven she won't back down.
The other person is a talk show host who speaks up constantly, on air and off, for what is right and it has cost him dearly at times. He doesn't back down from anyone or anything if it means exposing bad people or bad actions. Sometimes those people are powerful enough to make his life a living hell. He does this a million times over on a daily basis but few know anything about it. I do because he is one of my best friends. He has proven he won't back down.
The term badass has been over used and I am guilty of it myself. My friends are the John Wayne or Clint Eastwood type badasses - they are real and they won't back down from right or the fight that it may require.
I am blessed with so many good people in my life who do good things but these two put it all on the line every single day, for no personal gain, just because it is the right thing to do. In our country today so few people are willing to do that and I believe it is why we have the mess we do. We may hurt someones feelings. We may not be liked. We may lose our job. We may put our life in jeopardy. It may not be PC. Or we are just plain chicken shit and don't have it in us to look beyond ourselves, or won't. My two friends don't think that way. I sure wish there were more like them in America.