When You Need to Declare Your Status as a Hero…

When someone is all to happy to cite the reasons why they are a hero or they are a role model…I wonder. Why do they rely on their words instead of their actions? Are they afraid to let their actions speak or stand for themselves?

The title Hero is awarded, never taken.

Role Models and Heroes are subjective.

If anyone is truly that great, their feats will speak for themselves, they will not have to tout them around as examples.

Actions, not words…

If you are more worried about your legacy or how people will remember you, then you will never truly achieve anything and you will be easily forgotten and erased.

Be who you are and let others make up their own minds.

If you are not strong enough to allow others to decide for themselves, then possibly you are weaker than you let on. Time will tell who was truly great and who was merely inflated for reasons of propaganda.

Just a thought…


48 thoughts on “When You Need to Declare Your Status as a Hero…

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      I think it’s the latest narrative, from wearing a t-shirt to say that you are a hero because of “X” or teachers and schools dictating to children who were great people that need to be celebrated. The latest is Sen. Kamala Harris and her campaign slogan, “Kamala Harris, For The People”. Notice how she separates herself from “the people” with a comma. Is it just grammar or is it how she really views herself compared to us?

      We don’t need false champions, we need ourselves independently of each other and God. That is all any of us need. Another fraudulent carpet bagger selling snake oil, promising that if you go with her, all of your problems will be solved.

      1. You don’t think that’s just bad grammar on her part? I think it’s much more likely that it’s bad grammar though, honestly, I don’t know much about her at all.

        The word hero is thrown around pretty loosely nowadays.

        On a semi-related note, I don’t think I’ve ever been a true hero in the traditional sense of the word, but I certainly have been at work a time or two and needed to point it out. If you don’t lay claim to your accomplishments and wins at work, someone else inevitably will.

        1. bottomlesscoffee007

          Interesting dynamic you bring up. I think citing accomplishments for purposes of raises and promotions are different. Heroism on the other hand is extraordinary.

          Being a “go getter” I think is completely different.

          If a hero has to talk about it for it to be recognized, then maybe it wasn’t that extraordinary.

          If the comma is a mistake, then what about the 2ND Amendment? People have been pulling that apart and trying to reclassify and reinterpret it. Plus, I highly doubt the levels of scrutiny and planning that her staff went through to come up with a slogan, that it is a mistake.

          They screen these slogans through “test audiences”.

          If a person running for office is not methodical and deliberate, then how will they they govern?

          1. Sorry – that last one was low hanging fruit.

            I think you have way more faith in politicians, their staff and test audiences. Bad grammar is an epidemic and today’s texting/tweeting society is only making it worse.

            1. bottomlesscoffee007

              I enjoyed it Heather! Very funny.

              That’s the thing, our politicians really don’t do anything except mess with us. I think it’s complacent to allow them to get away with the smallest mistake or infraction. I think they bank on us making excuses for them.

              1. Well, expecting perfection from politicians (or any other human) isn’t remotely reasonable or realistic. Calling them out on their “mistakes” is fine, they are public figures allegedly working on our behalf after all.

                1. bottomlesscoffee007

                  Exactly, they need to under constant scrutiny if they hope to serve all of us. How else will they know what we expect?

                  1. I think they do expect that, but it’s still unreasonable to expect perfection from them….maybe even ESPECIALLY from them, considering the history of our politicians.

                    1. That’s your right, though you’re in for a hell of a lot of disappointment. Nobody is perfect, even those who have teams of folks trying to make sure they appear that way.

                      Or, wait – do you disagree that they expect us to call them out on their mistakes? Now I’m confused.

                    2. bottomlesscoffee007

                      I disagree on the idea that we should allow them to get away with anything. Whether it’s pro trump or anti trump, pro Harris or anti Harris.

                      Every single person who is in government is fair game. They are there to serve all of us and it doesn’t matter your or mine or anyone else’s stance. We all should hold these people accountable as we, the taxpayers see fit.

                    3. I didn’t say you shouldn’t hold them accountable. I said there shouldn’t be an expectation of perfection. Two different things that seem connected, but aren’t. It’s always been the people’s job to make sure the reps they’ve voted for actually do the work they expected them to do…while also allowing them to do it imperfectly. Perfection is subjective anyway.

                    4. bottomlesscoffee007

                      That’s the thing though. Is it outlandish to want answers and demand perfection? If we don’t demand perfection then we allow them to be human. If they desire to represent us, then how can we demand anything less than absolute perfection?

                    5. Are you being serious? Allow them to be human? They ARE human. If you don’t want human leaders, that’s a whole other argument. Demanding and striving for perfection is all well fine and good, but it’s impossible. Unattainable. Because we are human…and because perfection is subjective. My idea of perfection is certainly different than yours. You are absolutely free to waste your energy trying to get politicians to be your idea of perfect, but I see it as a losing proposition….on both sides.

                    6. bottomlesscoffee007

                      I am being serious.

                      These positions that they want to fill are of the utmost importance and the balance is razor thin. Yes, they are human, but what is the acceptable margin of error on their behalf? Their “mistakes” have the potential and more often than not prove to be catastrophic for many.

                      A good leader will realize what is expected of them. For any leader to use the excuse, “I’m only human” is a total comp out and shows a willingness to fail due to complacency and laziness.

                      At the end of the day, they are our servants and should be treated as such. We own them, they have zero ownership of us.

                      We do not elect kings or queens or regular people.

                      They aim to be extraordinary, we should expect nothing less.

                    7. You think if someone makes a mistake, or is less than perfect by your estimation, that they can’t be extraordinary? Oof. Tough audience.

                      Failures and mistakes are two different animals. Mistakes can, quite often, be corrected. Failures cannot. However, I’m of the mind that having a willingness to fail actually shows some innovativeness to try something out of the box. We actually need some of that in politics – out two party system is a complete wreck.

                    8. bottomlesscoffee007

                      That’s why people like you and me and all of us are incredibly important to the entire process.

                      We disagree, which means we are complex and intricate. If we all believed the same or had the same standards, then everything would be easy.

                      But it’s not. Like I said earlier Heather, it’s obvious we rarely agree. Yet between us and many of all of us, something can always be worked out.

                      It’s often better when forces are colliding. The spark of innovation and asymmetry begin. Who knows what can be achieved by people who want to live together, but quarrel constantly?

                      I don’t know if you appreciate what I am saying or if I am articulating it well enough?

                    9. Oh, I get what you’re saying and I don’t disagree that there is a lot of value in butting heads. Quite often, compromise between two sides is where the real solution is…and probably should be. (Even though I doubt we’re truly on two different sides on all issues.) I simply don’t hold out the hope or expectation for any other human to ever be perfect. I would hope that we all strive for it, but attaining it is simply an impossibility.

                    10. I agree. Nobody is perfect, including our leaders and politicians. They will not get everything right, so it’s folly to expect perfection from them, just like it is folly and stupid to expect perfection from everybody as we know we are only human and make mistakes.

                    11. If you’re trying to ask if I think that my above comment should excuse the leaders and politicians from being punished for some of the stuff they do, no, I don’t think that. I think they should be punished.

  1. Very true. I especially like the line “The title Hero is awarded, never taken.” I also think that true heros don’t do what they do hoping to get the title. They just do what seems right, regardless of any title or recognition of any kind.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      Exactly, a true hero takes real risk and faces true danger. All of these “heroes” using calculators and calendars to decide when they should be “heroic” is garbage.

      1. Like it says in the Bible – don’t let your right hand know what your left hand is doing. Or was it the other way around? I can’t quite remember. And it also says in the Bible that we should do things in secret and Yehovah/the Lord will reward us.

          1. I think she’s talking about the popular verse, Matthew 6:6
            “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

  2. This reminds me of a quote I live by:
    “Work hard in silence and let your success make the noise.”
    Heroes are recognized by their deeds, not by their words. And like Cyranny, I also believe true heroes don’t do what they do for the benefits, title or prize attached. They do it for the greater good.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      The heroes are often haunted the rest of their lives by the actions they had to take for the greater good.

      1. Yes, it upsets me too.
        People don’t usually recognise who the real heroes are because their definition of a real hero is faulty. They are quick to call anyone who blows their own trumpet and talks about the good deeds (that they probably didn’t do) a hero. It’s a pity.

  3. That’s probably because being true heroes doesn’t mean the heroes won’t make mistakes or face failures and criticisms, because they will. But in the end, it’s their will, discipline, and commitment to the cause that make them stand out from the others as true heroes.

  4. “If anyone is truly that great, their feats will speak for themselves, they will not have to tout them around as examples” – exactly! Like Yahushua/Jesus – He didn’t go around boasting, He did things quietly and even instructed some people not to go around telling everybody.

  5. Great thoughts.
    It seems to me like words often lose their meaning. Everyone’s a hero nowadays. You struggle with mental illness, you’re a hero. You lost some weight, you’re a hero. Just like with participation trophies, I see this term thrown around A LOT. The real heroes are often overlooked.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      Does the title or the trophy even mean anything when everyone gets one?

      Are we being trained to celebrate mediocrity and look upon actual exceptionalism as evil or unattainable?

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