What Makes a Hero?

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What is a Hero? What is a hero? What makes him or her different from everyone else? In Phillip Zimbardo’s article “What Makes a Hero?” he states that heroes surround us. One in five or 20 percent of people qualify as heroes. Seventy-two percent of people report helping another person in a dangerous emergency. Sixteen percent report whistle blowing on an injustice. Six percent report sacrificing for a non-relative or stranger and fifteen percent report defying an unjust authority (1). Although, I do feel like all people are heroes in certain circumstances I think some specific attributes exist that aid in making a hero. I feel like heroes must contain selflessness with a concern for other‘s needs, volition or the ability to confront a…show more content…
This has been true in both previous examples of Sergeant Salvatore Guinta and student Jeff May. This is also true in a different kind of hero unlike Guinta and May. These “Heroes in Hard Times” labeled by Oprah Winfrey didn’t necessarily risk their lives in a fierce battle but they did save lives in other ways and they all acted without any personal gain. Oprah Winfrey describes one of these heroes “When their small, working-class town was hit hard by the country's economic crisis, Dr. Dan Bell and his wife, Suzie, made it their mission to make sure everyone in their community had access to free healthcare. Soon after, they started the ECHO Health Clinic.” Dr. Bell states that they transform the gymnasium at their church into a full service health care center. The ECHO Health Clinic can have access to a triage area, pharmacy, and free meals. Jeff, a patient who qualifies for assistance from the ECHO Health Clinic, stated that he wouldn’t be able to afford his diabetes and neuropathy medications with access to ECHO. Oprah tells about many more heroes who act without any personal gain: Hal Colston of Goodnews Garage turns broken down cars into running vehicles for those who need them, Dale Dunning founder of Jusst Sooup Ministry serves more than 900 quarts of soup to needy community members, and Von “Dallas” Gigrich donates the leftover oil from his oil tank business to families who otherwise, couldn’t afford to heat their homes (Winfrey). Acting without

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