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Date Posted: Friday, January 27, 11:17:45am
Author: JayBee
Subject: Well, I dunno (r)
In reply to: Swatkat 's message, "Er..." on Friday, January 27, 11:02:38am

I think it's fair just to riff on the idea of heroes/heroism generally, which is certainly what I did in my post.

This is really fascinating, to me -- I read your post and was struck with how *very differently* we define heroism. (Read my post above -- I think you'll see what I mean.) What for you = heroism, for me is simply "being moral," which isn't the same thing as heroism at all. In fact, I'd say that a person can be heroic and do the completely "wrong" thing, or even something that might, by some perspectives, be considered evil. An ardent Nazi who threw himself on a grenade to save Hitler would be, by the definition I gave in my post, "heroic" in his own way. But by your definition, he most certainly wouldn't be.

This difference of opinion might explain some things about why we react to characters differently, eh? I don't care for the typical "hero" archetype because I don't see them as actually being all that heroic most of the time, and thus I find TPTB's presentation of them as "heroes" rather annoying as a result.

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