What is a hero?
I do not watch much TV anymore, I find it contrived. However, I was just watching some news when a commercial came on that made me think. It was an advertisement for the movie Iron Man 2. I have nothing against the movie and will probably even see it, eventually. However, I really take offense at the commercial... ok really with Hollywood. With this commercial they push the idea of what they think it takes to be a hero.
It is easy to be a "hero" if you know you will not get hurt, thousands of people cheer you on, you have super powers or a mini nuclear reactor in your chest. You face no consequence for your choice. In fact, that is not even being a hero it is simply making the right choice.
Being a hero is making the right choice knowing you may get hurt (physically, financially, or otherwise) and that others may never know of your choice. Soldiers, knowing they may step on a mine, get shot and be away from their families, are heros. They are also fulfilling a promise to obey orders, so if you do not agree with their actions, start blaming at the top, not the bottom. Police officers and firefighters are heros. They daily put themselves on the line to serve and protect the rest of us.
There are everyday heros too. The person that stands so a pregnant lady can sit. That picks up a piece or pieces of garbage fromthe street. An alcoholic that, with longing, does not take that first drink. The person that works at a job they hate for years to support their family.
We can all be heros even without the palladium reactor.