Readers’ Answers To The Question: Who Are Your Heroes?

1. a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities

To learn of another’s hero is to learn something intimate about that person. To learn of this new hero is a chance to be inspired. Who are the heroes held by The Periphery community?

Dan M. offered: My parents and Jesus of Nazareth. Asking Dan why, he answered, Either of them (parents & the one called Yeshua Ben Youseff) would give up their own life for the sake of another. I would like to believe that someday, I can do this, too.

Monica B., in her email, stated: One of my heroes is Patty Wetterling. What she has endured is more than a mother should ever have to. She handled the kidnapping and murder of Jacob with more grace than I can fathom. Another hero of mine is John Walsh. Not only did he lose his son, his wife was having an affair at the same time the abduction happened. He chose to stay with her and I’ve always found that commendable on top of the tragedy of their son being kidnapped and murdered.

Christian F. replied: Lelouch Lamperouge, Natsu Dragneel, Monkey D. Luffy, Meliodas…yes my heroes are characters from anime. I think it’s because they have admirable qualities. Qualities that I wish more people in real life had (including myself). High levels of intelligence, cleverness, using skills for what they believe in, helping others and doing what’s right even when it costs them or requires sacrifice, winning & overcoming to name some of them.

Karen L. wrote: Eleanor Roosevelt, Robin Hood (a legend, but still), Elaine Snyder, Frederick Banting (inventor of insulin usage), Michael Francis, Glenn Mitchell (my dad).”  Karen went on to explain that Elaine is “my best friend since childhood and one tough cookie. Michael Francis was the EVP of Marketing for Target when I was there and is the most dynamic and inspiring creative business person I’ve ever met!”

Cabdi G. shared that his hero is Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan. “He is my hero because he helped Rohinga Muslims in Myanmar.”

Finally, an unnamed commenter on my blog chose an unlikely pair: Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby and The Abolitionists: “[Mosby’s] Confederate Raiders terrorized the union army with a ragtag bunch of dirt farmers, as they defended their homes from ‘Northern invaders.’ The Abolitionists both in England and America, for they used Christian principals and our Constitution to change society for the better.”

Bravery, selflessness, leadership: our heroes are transmitters of these traits to us–that we may use these in our lives. Thank you to those who offered your heroes!


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