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  •  People are complex, that is why the term "hero" (3+ / 0-)
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    is sort of misleading.Yet, we cling to this notion of the "hero" almost as if they did something brave once in their lives, so we should elevate them and overlook their faults (i.e. humanity). There are certainly liberal icons who also had many faults. Everyone has many faults.

    When I returned from Afghanistan, we were met by a group of Americans who did not know us. They hailed us as heroes, yet they had no idea of what we had actually done. I felt extremely uncomfortable around them.

    Military personnel are often spoken of in the abstract this way, but everyone is an individual. As soon as a veteran individualizes him or herself by expressing an opinion, he/she is often vilified or shunned for not maintaining the conceived ideal. Those who agree with them put them on a pedestal.

    "If you don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing!" (on a sign at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans)

    by ranger995 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:02:03 AM PST

    •  I'm guessing that actual heros, who are few (3+ / 0-)

      feel embarrassed by the term, and most non-heroes who nevertheless served honorably, feel ashamed to get called that because they know that they're not heroes, and the only ones who like to be called heroes are those who are not and aren't ashamed of it. It's really a pretty useless term, oft abused.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:13:12 AM PST

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