Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S Real heroes, A Reflection of Society’s perception of what makes a hero.
Written by T.D. Moody
As I sat with my stomach stuffed sufficiently enough to require rest, I began to reflect on the subject of heroes, and heroism and in my mind what constitutes a real hero. When I think about all the advertisements and commercials of the newest face to enter the ranks of celebrity and professional athlete, I can’t help but wonder why we as a society worship these people incessantly? I don’t begrudge the celebrity or pro athlete their fame or fortune but I do wonder about the average everyday hardworking person or a disabled person who despite their disability or job is a productive, selfless, giving and beautiful soul and example to all of us who are fully healthy and capable.
I think one of the most underrated and overlooked aspects of humanity is the will and ability to overcome challenges. Maybe that is ultimately the meaning of life. To live, to experience, to learn, to grow, and to overcome whatever obstacles come one’s way. Having a character that exemplifies the highest standards of humanity which is to give back to society, to love each other and not hate or envy one another.
I have a friend who suffers with the disease Multiple Sclerosis, a heinous and debilitating auto-immune disease. I found myself amazed to hear how active she was despite her struggles to walk and generally have the every day energy to be active. Her amazing uplifting and positive never give up spirit is what impresses me the most and makes me see her as a real hero. The horror stories she’s told me about in which she’s had to endure some of the most absurd episodes I’ve ever heard of simply because this disease has in some aspects forced her to deal with an inefficient health care system here in the U.S, which is still by far considered the best in the world.
It comes down to services and having to depend on others to do things she can’t do simply because she doesn’t have either the energy or the ability/ or both to do what she is requesting of someone who gets paid to assist her on a daily basis. In my opinion she is a real hero not these pro athletes and actors or celebrities people hold up as the standard to aspire to be and worship. That is the illusion, that is the Hollywood facade.