As Merriam-Webster Dictionary would put it, a hero is a noble warrior, a central figure, or an idol. But will even one of these three definitions suffice the characterization of a contemporary hero? To some, it could be. In my perspective, it’s not necessary.
No matter how trite this may sound, I still believe that the hero can be one’s own self. I can be a hero and so are you. How can one be a hero then? I have two pieces of advice for that.
First, be good enough. Good may be vague, yet it is the most appropriate word I can think of. In my viewpoint, being good is being able to reach out to those who are in need without hurting even a flea. It is being brave enough to stop and to step; that is to stop sitting idle and to step up to help the needy.
Second, teach others to be a hero. This can go with the Chinese proverb “Give man fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Being a hero entails influencing and inspiring others. You can’t just reach out to them and leave them helpless (when in need again) afterwards. You should teach them how to be a hero for the sake of themselves and of others as well.
Those two make a hero. Following only the first or only the second makes you half a hero. You may be a noble warrior or an idol, but you are not a hero (with a capital h). You should step on the ground and not on others. You should inspire, for two heroes are still better than one, just like Batman & Robin; and not like Napoles & Enrile/Estrada/Revilla.
Always remember that anyone could be a hero. Everyone should at least dream of becoming a hero. No one should sit idle. Or if that happens, may someone be brave enough to be a hero… and may that someone be you!