What Is Heroism?

Ivan
2 min readOct 17, 2022

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” Arthur Ashe.

What image do you have when you think about a true hero? Personally, I portray a person who has courage and nerve to sacrifice themselves for others — not to impress them, not to show how brave they are but to save them. It is why I agree with this quote by Arthur Ashe: we imagine the same person. A true hero is not the one who takes the floor with their eloquent speech, it is someone who is ready to go and fight. If we think about it, you have to be ready to lose it all, put your life at stake. How easy is that? I can’t say. However, those who know something about it from their own experience are heroes for their people.

“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the “hero” within us is revealed.” Bob Riley.

At the same time, I think: who can be a hero? Is it a soldier who heroically dies in battle, or is it someone else? Honestly, I believe that anyone can be a hero, especially in a hard time when everyone struggles plucking up their spirits. If it seems that night is never going to end, it is the moment when a doctor becomes a hero for treating their patients, a teacher — for educating their students, and we can go on. Showing up matters. Unfortunately, some of us have to do their civic jobs while others are on the battleground but it is what we can and should do: we should show up.

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Ivan

Hi, my name is Ivan. I’m the 1st year student of Dobrolubov State Linguistics University in Nizhny Novgorod.