What Really Is a Hero, Anyway? | RESPONSE ABILITY Project via @ResponseAbility

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Building Heroes Introduction: I think this is a beautiful and thoughtful introduction to the Every|Day Hero Campaign, and I think Mike Dilbeck did a great job capturing the "uneasiness" that many of us have with the idea and name of "hero". Nonetheless, it always has been an important, even necessary, part of our collective consciousness. The hero exists to inspire us to be more than we are. One of the things that I think is implicit in the introduction is that being a hero is a responsive act. The idea of intervention, particularly at critical times, is a key part of being a hero.

Being a hero is a commitment to a personal journey to become one's very best in every moment. Each of us faces challenges and obstacles in our personal journey, but they aren't always in the form of interpersonal conflicts or crises. Sometimes those challenges are intra-personal, within ourselves, as obstacles to fulfilling our potential to be our very best.

The entire site is beautiful, and I look forward to more and more people making the deep, personal commitment to the hero's journey.

The Every|Day Hero Campaign has adopted the definition used by the Heroic Imagination Project:

Heroes are people who transform compassion (a personal virtue) into heroic action (a civic virtue). In doing so, they put their best selves forward in service to humanity. A hero is as an individual or a network of people that take action on behalf of others in need, or in defense of integrity or a moral cause.

Heroic action is:

  • Engaged in voluntarily;
  • Conducted in service to one or more people or the community as a whole;
  • Involving a risk to physical comfort, social stature, or quality of life; and
  • Initiated without the expectation of material gain.

via What Really Is a Hero, Anyway? | RESPONSE ABILITY Project.