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crisissuit3

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#1 8 years ago

So in my advanced composition class we have to argue the definition of certain words. I picked Heroism and I basically have to argue the meaning of it. Step one is to ask my peers to make points and counter-points and I thought, what better people to ask then the forum. So what do you guys think the definition of heroism is? is it good or bad?




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#2 8 years ago

I think the Medal of Honor has a pretty good definition: Someone who acts in a manor that is so far above and beyond the call of duty that it can never be asked of a human being.




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#3 8 years ago

Someone who puts themselves in harms way to protect someone/something. Actually nevermind, a soldier would fit into that category, and that is too broad. Sure some could be heroic...




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#4 8 years ago

Someone who makes extraordinary contributions to a cause you like. If you support Hitler's world view he was a hero, if you don't he was a monster.




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#5 8 years ago

Someone who unselfishly performs an extraordinary action for the benefit of others.




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#6 8 years ago

One who has large cojones to leave everything s/he had, go against the stream to protect people or pay a large contribution to the ideals of a society, goal, ... that benefits the world.




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#7 8 years ago
Serio;5395900Someone who unselfishly performs an extraordinary action for the benefit of others.

I like this definition but will further add: despite the probable likelihood of negative personal consequences of said action.




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#8 8 years ago

I'd say someone who willingly jeopardizes the security of their own life to benefit someone else.




crisissuit3

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#9 8 years ago

Ok, a lot of your guys idea seem to go hand in hand. Perhaps I chose an easy word?




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#10 8 years ago

Nemmerle;5395882Someone who makes extraordinary contributions to a cause you like. If you support Hitler's world view he was a hero, if you don't he was a monster.[/QUOTE]

[QUOTE=Serio;5395900]Someone who unselfishly performs an extraordinary action for the benefit of others.

These two combined are pretty close to how I see it. Perspective definitely matters. One person's hero can another's monster. Especially in war. We look up to medal winners if they were on our side but if they were on the other side we see them as people that killed a lot of our countrymen.




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