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    I agree that the term "hero" is overused/misused but I would not limit it to who or where.

    Children are a unique sub-population because they are generally innocent. I do believe there are instances in how a child approaches an illness, and/or inspires others, which can be viewed as heroic. I would probably use the term "brave" or "inspiring" rather than a hero.

    I would question more it being used with our armed forces. Serving in the military does not make one automatically a hero. It's noble and it's a worthy choice and I am grateful for their service to our country but my definition of a hero may be different then someone else's.

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    If a child is "heroically" enduring a congenital birth defect, would the mother have been a hero if she had aborted that individual and prevented the suffering? Given that some birth defects can now be detected in the fetal stage, this is a real option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trish View Post
    I agree that the term "hero" is overused/misused but I would not limit it to who or where.

    Children are a unique sub-population because they are generally innocent. I do believe there are instances in how a child approaches an illness, and/or inspires others, which can be viewed as heroic. I would probably use the term "brave" or "inspiring" rather than a hero.

    I would question more it being used with our armed forces. Serving in the military does not make one automatically a hero. It's noble and it's a worthy choice and I am grateful for their service to our country but my definition of a hero may be different then someone else's.
    I think the majority of teachers who still love to teach are HEROES. Unsung ones at that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpicturetaker12 View Post
    I think the majority of teachers who still love to teach are HEROES. Unsung ones at that!
    I can agree with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Urbanek View Post
    Are sick people heroes? The media and the charity industry seem to think so:

    Sick Children Become Fierce Heroes in Powerful Ad for Kids' Hospital
    Source: Sick Children Become Fierce Heroes in Ad for Kids' Hospital - Video - Creativity Online

    St. Jude Children Are My Heroes
    Source: St. Jude Children Are My Heroes | Sully Sullenberger

    Pete Carroll To Cancer Survivors: "You Guys Are All My Heroes"
    Source: Pete Carroll To Cancer Survivors: "You Guys Are All My Heroes" | Seattle Seahawks

    Do you become a hero just because you suffered from a deadly disease? I usually think of a hero as someone who takes extraordinary action, even self-sacrifice, to save someone else, not themselves.

    The word “hero” becomes devalued if anyone facing death, including those in old age, can be considered a hero.

    HOMER: That Timmy is a real hero! LISA: How do you mean, Dad? HOMER: Well, he fell down a well, and... he can't get out. LISA: How does that make him a hero? HOMER: Well, that's more than you did!
    You really have no clue. I don't even know how to explain this to you. One day, your world is going to get turned upside down and you will be a much better man for getting through it. You'll understand it then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puzzling Evidence View Post
    You really have no clue. I don't even know how to explain this to you. One day, your world is going to get turned upside down and you will be a much better man for getting through it. You'll understand it then.
    Suffering is overrated. Do you think Syrian parents are "better" people for having seen their children killed in bombings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Urbanek View Post
    Suffering is overrated. Do you think Syrian parents are "better" people for having seen their children killed in bombings?
    Suffering is overrated. That right there tells me a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Urbanek View Post
    Suffering is overrated. Do you think Syrian parents are "better" people for having seen their children killed in bombings?
    You aren't a good judge of "overrated" as you, yourself, have no logical frame of reference.

    Please start even more threads about your astounding lack of understanding; they're an extremely useful tool in the fight against ignorance.

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