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Friday, August 8, 2008

The Heart of a Hero

Friday, August 08, 2008 Posted by Chris Tung , , No comments
I've been thinking about a lot of projects that involve the need for heroes in the new millennium, and I usually end up sitting on the idea that we don't really need heroes because heroes tend to resemble a monarch, but I suppose that's also because I focus a lot on heroes that are on par with Superman or Phoenix/Jean Grey. However, I forget about the regular kind of heroes that live in our world. Yeah, they can't fly, lift 100 tons, or devour planets, but they are still very much heroes.

For example, I was watching the Opening Ceremonies for 2008 Olympics, and a little boy by the name of Lin Hao appeared on the screen. The commentators explained that he was one of the survivors of the Earthquake that hit China a while ago, but what made him worthy of walking with the rest of the athletes was that he freed himself from the rubble of his classroom. But he didn't just stop there, he went back for two of his classmates (only 10 survived in total) and helped saved them. When asked why he went back when he freed himself, he said that he was the hall monitor and that it was his job to help and protect his classmates.

All I can say to that is that his actions give me hope for this fucked up world that we live in. Because in those crucial moments that define an individual, Lin Hao showed the world what it meant to truly have the heart of a hero.

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