I think that heroism is good

March 13, 2019 Critical Thinking

I think that heroism is good. It is when someone does something to help someone in need or winning an important game or saving someone’s life.
According to the Google Dictionary, the noun heroism comes from the Greek word h?r?s, Someone who shows great courage and valor can be considered a hero. Their actions are considered to be acts of heroism. 19th Century lawyer Robert Green Ingersoll said it well: “When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death — that is heroism.”

Research has uncovered many answers to what heroism is. Some believe that heroism is different than compassion. For the last five years, Paul Zak and “his colleagues have been exploring the nature and roots of heroism, studying exemplary cases of heroism and surveying thousands of people about their choices to act (or not act) heroically. In that time, we’ve come to define heroism as an activity with several parts”.

First, it’s performed in service to others in need whether that’s a person, group, or community or in defense of certain ideals. Second, it’s engaged in voluntarily, even in military contexts, as heroism remains an act that goes beyond something required by military duty. Third, a heroic act is one performed with recognition of possible risks and costs, be they to one’s physical health or personal reputation, in which the actor is willing to accept anticipated sacrifice. Finally, it is performed without external gain anticipated at the time of the act.

Some people argue humans are born good or born bad; I think that’s nonsense. We are all born with this tremendous capacity to be anything, and we get shaped by our circumstances by the family or the culture or the time period in which we happen to grow up, which are accidents of birth; whether we grow up in a war zone versus peace; if we grow up in poverty rather than prosperity.”

These are the reasons of what I think a hero is.