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Date Posted: Saturday, January 28, 12:02:27am
Author: warren
Subject: A hero
In reply to: ~delle 's message, "what is a hero?" on Friday, January 27, 07:19:43am

A hero?

New York's firemen, police, and Port Authority.

We do have the same definition of what a hero is.

Plus, heroes, both in life and mythology/TV/etc are those that inspire and change lives.

What we do have is a different opinion of what the line 'less than nice' meant. A hero does not think when they do their heroic act. They don't think they are less than nice or better than anyone. They don't think, they act without thinking. The saying 'nice guys finish lastEmeans exactly that. The nice guys 'seem'to do nothing even though they do their best. And they usually finish last. (The old clunker, "You're a nice guy, but...")(Women should never say that to a man. Say good or bad or no thanks, any other word, never 'nice') Michael in my story was a man who had started a good life again with his son Adam. Some of the past characters had thought of him as good, better, best etc. Now he is just a man living in the country with his son. The townfolk would see him as a 'nice'guy.

When Adam asked "Is Jacques a nice man?" What could Michael reply?
1. Never heard of him. Wrong number. etc. A lie.

2. No, he is good/better/best. A direct answer to the question.

3. No, he is a bad man. Another direct answer to the question.

4. No, he is a hero. Michael is going back to Section. He knows it. He thought it was gone but it came back again. He must do what he is good at. He would rather stay in the country and be last. But NO. He has to go save the world again. He knows that he will be an operative of Section again. He knows that he will kill people and be shot at and maybe die. He also knows that he will do it by choice. He would rather be in the country with Adam, last and nice, than in Section where he is going to beEess than nice.
And that line just happened by itself.

5. Yes, he is a nice man. This answer taken with the title means that Jacques/Michael finished last. Where he wants to be.

We all do see the characters differently don't we.

Is this because of age or gender or life experiences??

And has anyone done something that others think of as 'heroic' but to you it was 'had to do it'?

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