What is a hero?
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Life Beyond Horses > General Off Topic Discussion

What is a hero?

This is a discussion on What is a hero? within the General Off Topic Discussion forums, part of the Life Beyond Horses category

    Like Tree7Likes

     
    LinkBack Thread Tools
        03-16-2012, 12:38 PM
      #1
    Trained
    What is a hero?

    If every person that merely wears a uniform is a hero, then what would you call someone that saves a baby from a burning fire, takes a grenade to save his comrads, etc.,? Its like blasphemy to raise the bs flag on this insanity!! Give me a break! I noticed in the local paper where "heroes" (all police officers, firemen, military) would get cheaper tickets to some sports event....and they called it "heroes night". I just can't take it anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
         
    Sponsored Links
    Advertisement
     
        03-16-2012, 02:22 PM
      #2
    Started
    I agree, everyone *not everyone but close* thinks that heros are like people you named. Police, firemen, military people. My bro was in the military for years, he's not my hero though, that may sound bad but its true.
         
        03-16-2012, 02:30 PM
      #3
    Super Moderator
    In my opinion:

    The reason that a first responder such as a police officer, fireman, or an EMT would be called a hero is not because they put on a uniform and go to work or volunteer their time everyday but because they have made a solemn promise to the public and to themselves that should there ever be an instance where they might have to put their lives on the line in order to save someone elses, they would do it - no second thoughts.

    With someone like a first responder - it is possible that they really could go through their entire career and never see danger but they could also lose their lives tomorrow. They also give up holidays and family time for the safety of others. Yes, a policeman may never save a life directly, but indirectly - they save many just by being their... Maybe a hero is a strong word but being in a law enforcement family with a husband that has been in Egypt and Afghanistan, a brother that is in Afghanistan, a sister in law that has been to Iraq, an ex brother-in-law that died in Afghanistan, a Grandfather and Father in Law that fought in not only World War II, but in Korea an Uncle that fought in Vietnam, a nephew who is in Iraq, and a Father who earned his purple heart in Vietnam... I think it's ok to call them heros.

    We sure didn't mind calling them hero's when they laid their lives down on 9/11. Maybe because that was right here in our own backyards....
    IquitosARG10 likes this.
         
        03-16-2012, 02:35 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    My defination of a hero is simple. My daughter is my hero. I found out the hard way that my horse does not swim when we were playing in a river... and after he stopped trying to struggle back to the surface and I was exhausted from trying to haul him back to the surface by his breast collar, at eight years old my daughter waded out into the river and screamed his name over and over.

    I managed to drag the limp horse to the surface one last time, he heard her voice and made a half hearted flop in her direction. It was enough that it got him close enough that she grabbed him by his forelock and pulled him to where his head was out of the water and then went back into the river after me... because by that time I was too tired to swim to shore. She grabbed me by my shirt and drug me up next to the horse in the shallow water.

    It took hours for my horse and I to stand up and even longer to stumble home. Both of us had pneumomia, but both of us lived because an eight year old girl came and got us....
    Missy May likes this.
         
        03-16-2012, 02:36 PM
      #5
    Started
    Let me make a edit! My bro isnt MY hero, to his kids im sure he is. It's awesome to have his as my bro and it means alot that he is.
    Missy May likes this.
         
        03-16-2012, 02:38 PM
      #6
    Super Moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by VT Trail Trotters    
    Let me make a edit! My bro isnt MY hero, to his kids im sure he is. It's awesome to have his as my bro and it means alot that he is.
    We knew what you meant and I think you are talking about a different kind of hero when you say that. I think you are talking about the motivational kind of hero, the kind that makes you want to be a better person. Just because he is not that to you, doesn't mean you don't love him. We get that!
         
        03-16-2012, 02:41 PM
      #7
    Started
    Ha ha, Pony I think you got what I mean. But theres people would get it wrong, cause he's a military guy and they'd be all mad. I get what you mean in the end, LOL.
         
        03-16-2012, 02:49 PM
      #8
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by farmpony84    
    In my opinion:

    The reason that a first responder such as a police officer, fireman, or an EMT would be called a hero is not because they put on a uniform and go to work or volunteer their time everyday but because they have made a solemn promise to the public and to themselves that should there ever be an instance where they might have to put their lives on the line in order to save someone elses, they would do it - no second thoughts.

    With someone like a first responder - it is possible that they really could go through their entire career and never see danger but they could also lose their lives tomorrow. They also give up holidays and family time for the safety of others. Yes, a policeman may never save a life directly, but indirectly - they save many just by being their... Maybe a hero is a strong word but being in a law enforcement family with a husband that has been in Egypt and Afghanistan, a brother that is in Afghanistan, a sister in law that has been to Iraq, an ex brother-in-law that died in Afghanistan, a Grandfather and Father in Law that fought in not only World War II, but in Korea an Uncle that fought in Vietnam, a nephew who is in Iraq, and a Father who earned his purple heart in Vietnam... I think it's ok to call them heros.

    We sure didn't mind calling them hero's when they laid their lives down on 9/11. Maybe because that was right here in our own backyards....
    Well, I am a DAC, and there is no shortage of military service in my lineage or my family - or metals. I respect anyone that wants to serve their country - that is not the issue. However, calling all of them "heroes" is a dilution of the word, and a new one hasn't been coined to replace what the word "hero" meant up until shortly after 9-11.

    Police, firemen, and citizens that "laid down their lives" on 9/11 are given the same status as someone that just got sworn in, or that has served behind a desk for 10 years, or that has never seen combat, etc., (i.e., "the status of hero"). So, yeah, I mind calling the later - heroes.
         
        03-16-2012, 02:55 PM
      #9
    Weanling
    So are you implying that they shouldn't be recognized because of the sacrifices they make? I don't consider myself a hero by any means, but I serve along side them every day. I'm missing my daughters first steps and first words.

    We don't just "merely wear a uniform"...there are a lot of ****ty people that serve in the military, but the fact that they sign their name on the line below stating that they will lay down their life for God, Country, Unit, and family...says a little something about hero to me.
         
        03-16-2012, 02:56 PM
      #10
    Weanling
    So because someone sits behind a desk makes them less of a soldier? Huh...news to me.
         

    Quick Reply
    Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
    Message:
    Options

    Register Now

    In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

    Already have a Horse Forum account?
    Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

    New to the Horse Forum?
    Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

    User Name:
    Password
    Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
    Password:
    Confirm Password:
    Email Address
    Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
    Email Address:

    Log-in

    Human Verification

    In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


    Old Thread Warning
    This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

    Thread Tools

    Similar Threads
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    What breed is Hero? shortysmalls Horse Breeds 28 09-25-2011 02:31 PM
    My Hero! To ride the sky Horse Training 1 06-15-2011 03:10 AM
    This woman is my hero. Crimsonhorse01 General Off Topic Discussion 11 11-15-2009 04:49 PM
    Hero at his new place! madisonfriday Horse Pictures 10 10-30-2009 03:37 AM
    My new horse Hero madisonfriday Horse Pictures 11 05-06-2009 11:28 PM



    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:48 PM.


    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0