A story broke recently (here) about a heroic band of men who possibly saved hundreds of lives thanks to their bravery. It would be fantastic to know you are that guy who, in movies, throws themselves in front of a cowering weed of a man to protect them from a gun-toting lunatic or a bus. Sadly, I am not that guy. I am more likely to be the cowering weed.
I think I would be too much of a blubbering mess to do anything helpful in a crisis situation and I fear I would be unable to sacrifice myself, like the guys in the linked story did, and would probably use a small child as a human shield instead.
In the face of danger a hero stands tall before a civilian and protects them from a speeding vehicle or a bullet. In movies and books there is always that guy who dashes into a busy road, tackles a small child out of harm’s way and proclaims something like, “Go on son, my life has been lived. You can now live yours!” In a similar situation I would be watching from the street wondering why nobody is doing anything to save that small child.
There are even real-life ‘Kick-Ass’ type superheroes, who dress up in a morph suit and a pair of yellow dish gloves and kung-fu the crap out of the local drunks and druggies. These people are amazing and I admire them greatly but my Wednesday nights are reserved for The Great British Bake Off, not fighting crime on the streets of Stoke-on-Trent.
The most heroic thing I have ever done is run away from an angry mob of chavs during the summer of 2005. I am sure, however, that many of you have performed an abundance of heroic deeds throughout your rich and varied lives and I would love to hear them. Don’t forget to comment below and tell me your heroic actions, or make me feel better and tell me the most cowardly thing you’ve done when faced with danger.