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Rethinking Heroism and Shared Responsibility

Through the root of the word “hero,” which is derived from the Greek ἥρως (hērōs), meaning “protector” or “defender,” we uncover a profound truth—the inherent divine power within each of us.

It is a recognition that WE ALL possess the POWER and DUTY to safeguard ourselves and one another, NOT relegating such responsibilities to a chosen few adorned with the capes of heroism.

In a world enamored with the concept of heroes, it is imperative to redefine our understanding of heroism. Rather than confining it to those with divine ancestry, those bestowed divine honors and leadership positions, or those in positions of activism or humanitarianism, let us all acknowledge the divinity within us.

We are, each of us, powerful and capable of BEING protectors and defenders in our own right.

In a world that craves labeling people as heroes, it is crucial to scrutinize the implications of bestowing such a title on individuals.

“Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”

The burden of heroism, when exclusively placed on a select few, perpetuates a dangerous dichotomy that separates us from our collective power.

Instead of relying solely on designated heroes, let us collectively embrace the power within ourselves—a power that grants us the ability to respond, to protect, and to live authentically.

Heroes, as commonly defined, are individuals who take action in the face of adversity. While their actions may indeed be commendable, the act of labeling them as heroes tends to oversimplify their struggles and suffering. By doing so, we risk turning their pain into something seemingly joyful and applaudable, disregarding the profound emotional and psychological toll that their experiences may have taken.

By bestowing the title of hero upon individuals, we not only place an unrealistic burden on them but also foster the expectation that they must play the hero in every single situation. By placing heroes on a pedestal, we inadvertently dehumanize them. This pedestalization not only distances us from their humanity but also places an unspoken expectation on them to consistently act heroically.

The pressure to live up to this label can be overwhelming, denying them the opportunity to navigate their own healing and growth.This demanding anticipation not only overlooks the complexities of their experiences but also denies them the freedom to navigate various situations without the weight of constant heroism.

It is essential to recognize that individuals, regardless of their perceived heroism, are humans and may need the space to respond authentically to each unique circumstance, free from the constraints of unwarranted expectations. 

The core issue with designating heroes is that it alleviates OUR COLLECTIVE sense of RESPONSABILITY.

By ascribing heroic status to individuals, we risk absolving ourselves of accountability and attributing the weight, blame, and work solely to the hero or heroes in question. This separation from action perpetuates the notion that only heroes are capable of making a difference, fostering a mindset of powerlessness and reliability rather than responsibility. 

By dismantling the myth that heroism is reserved for the extraordinary, we rediscover the hero within each of us. Heroism is not confined to grand people and gestures but is found in the everyday actions of resilience, courage, and strength in the face of life’s challenges.

In releasing the expectation that heroism is solely the domain of the extraordinary, we open the door to a shared journey. 

It is a journey where the divine power within EACH of us contributes to making the world a better place. Let us not merely applaud those with capes but recognize that the true heroism lies in the collective embrace of our shared responsibility—a responsibility born from the divine essence inherent in us all.

The true essence of heroism lies not in the label itself, but in the actions that define it.

By relinquishing the pressure to label and expecting heroism solely from designated figures, we can rekindle a collective understanding that actions, big or small, define our heroism. This shift in perspective allows us to acknowledge and appreciate the resilience, courage, and strength present in ordinary individuals facing the challenges of everyday life.

Ultimately, heroism should not be confined to or pushed on a select few but should be a shared journey where each of us plays a role in making the world a better place.

Many Blessings

The JointBeing

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