Hero Timeline

  • Subway hero

    Today, I watched the subway hero interview, which made me realize that ordinary people can have heroic moments, but still were not true heroes to me.
  • Roy Benavides

    Hearing about Roy Benavides allowed me to see how one side of a battle views a hero. We were not told of how the Vietnamese saw him, showing that while Roy Benavides was a hero to America, he was probably seen as a monster by Vietnam. Roy Benavides was not a universal hero.
  • Kristi Quillen Interview

    Although I never considered Kristi Quillen to be a hero, I deeply respect her decision to give up most modern day necessities in order to help others. This self-sacrifice had me look at modern day heroes to see who else gave up something important for the greater good.
  • Nobel Peace Prize Winners

    As I not only wanted a modern hero, I also wanted an acclaimed one, I looked through the list of previous Nobel Peace Prize winners. I chose the "Peace" category as I wanted someone that used nonviolent means to accomplish his/her goal. I eventually narrowed it donw to Aung San Suu Kyi and Liu Xiaobo, two people that fit my criteria perfectly.
  • Chose Aung San Suu Kyi as Hero

    I was inspired by her brave and valiant political efforts, as well as her impressive accolades, and her push to improve a flawed government in Burma.
  • Found book for Aung San Suu Kyi

    I decided on her autobiography, as her ideas inspired me and I did not want to read someone else's interpretation of her thoughts, but her own, unaltered, Nobel Peace Prize winning thoughts.
  • Watched Tsunami Art Video

    Watching the Tsunami child heroes video helped me realize that naive people that do good are not heroes. They have not experienced anything truly difficult to get through.
  • Change the World Powerpoint

    Each one of the videos helped to reinforce the need for a hero to possess the will to the change something for the better. The analysis of the song "Waiting on the World to Change" was especially thought-provoking, as most average people do, in fact, let someone else lead the change. It is only the heroes that start and push for the change.
  • Heroes in Literature

    Writing this blog post helped me look back at everything I read and had me realize that most "heroes" in literature are not heroes: they are merely protagonists.
  • Learned about others' heroes

    Hearing about others' heroes showed me that there were more than just a handful of people that met my stringent requirements for being a hero.