Isn’t it funny that heroes of the Philippines nowadays are only considered heroes when they have already passed on? The same goes for the rest of the world. A hero is only recognized when their time in this world has ended. I haven’t heard of a hero, largely recognized for his/her deed, who lived during the time that deed was recognized.
Maybe it’s because people are picky. It may be because people have their own opinions of what heroes are supposed to be like. Or, it may be that the people who give the recognition, usually people in offices, are too stuck up and would have to make the family of the hero file for lots of paperwork for sufficient evidence that what that person did truly deserves the recognition.
Why go through this process? Shouldn’t it be enough for those who consider a person a hero to have a mindset of: “I don’t care what they say. Whether they recognize him or not, he is still a hero to me.” But for people who think that the person truly deserves that recognition, they ask for more.
Maybe this means that there are a lot of heroes, and not all of them are recognized. That just goes to show that there is a distinction among them. Those who have moved and touched more people’s hearts than others are those who are truly recognized as the heroes among heroes.
– Audrey Agustin