Inflation of a Hero (Dec. 2, in class)


After reading the article ‘Hero Inflation’, I have some thoughts regarding the status of the word ‘hero’ and its risks that it puts to society.

The article states that the identification of a ‘hero’ to anyone killed in a war perpetuates the ethos of martial glory and also saps the word of its meaning. I agree with this statement to a certain extent. Heroes, in current day, can be assigned as a status to anyone in current day, as long as a group of people (no matter wrong or right) agrees, supports, and labels the heroes’ decisions as ‘heroic’. In a certain way, this word is becoming more and more ‘inflated’ of its’ meaning, as it can be labeled to anyone with actions deemed correct.

This causes some problems in society.

I believe more and more people will try to be ‘heroic’, and disregard an actions’ consequences – some effects caused by this are the glorifying of war and fighting, as the media glorifies many people who die from wars, while ignoring the horrible aftereffects to those who suffer from PTSD or similar sickness.

The diluted meaning of the word also causes more and more acts, which impact the society negatively, to occur and cause our younger generation to seek approval from the society by acting on those actions.

Overall, I believe that the media should not put as much emphasis on ‘heroes’ as they do now. They should turn to the real unsung heroes, such as city workers, cleaners and those who generally make our lives easier, 150424_2020_005_16x9_992and give them the attention needed, instead of, for example, glorifying and labeling Caitlyn Jenner as a hero (‘she’ won a woman of the year award, which is really unfair to other real women, who spent their lives devoting into science, medicine, and the advancement of humans.)





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