Wednesday, 20 March 2013

In Praise of our Truest Heroes

Of the many things that intrigue me, foremost would have to be heroes.

Now, of course we have our particular heroes.  Those monomythic journeyers Gilgamesh, Beowulf, Frodo and Luke Skywalker.  Our legendary masters Richard the Lionheart, and William Wallace.  We can even count heroes in myth and religion, Thor and Siegfried, Jesus and David.

Some praise our Marvel and DC Superheroes, some choose to follow sports players, others make a mockery by deifying criminals.  Some see heroes closer to home, our cops and fireies and ambos (thats Australian for Police, Firemen and Ambulance paramedics).

Me, I'm most driven by the everyday hero, the simple heroes in our world who sometimes don't even know they will be heroes, or don't do it for fortune and glory.  So when I jumped on the SMH website today and find this, it once again rekindled my faith in honest gallantry:

Here we have some young guys on a minibus who witness a woman drive off the road, down a set of stairs and into a lake.  They get the driver to stop, jump out of the bus, and without thinking two just jumped in and went to the woman's aid, saving her life.

These boys are heroes for what they did.  I salute them.  We all should.

Just thought I'd share that with you all.

T. M. Shannon

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