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Who's your hero?
Sparkle Wednesday | March 29, 2023
The word "hero" comes from the Greek word "hērōs" (ἥρως), which initially conveyed a demigod, or a being that was part human and part divine. In Greek mythology, heroes like Odysseus, Perseus, or Heracles were often the offspring of gods and mortals and were known for their great strength, courage, and achievements.
Over time, the meaning of the word "hero" expanded to include any person who displayed bravery, courage, and exceptional qualities or achievements. Heroes became associated with acts of valor and self-sacrifice and were often celebrated in epic poems and other forms of literature.
Today, the word "hero" can refer to anyone who is admired for their noble qualities or achievements, such as military veterans, firefighters, first responders, or everyday people who perform extraordinary acts of kindness or courage.
The pandemic broadened the idea of "heroes" even more widely to include doctors, nurses, healthcare personnel, and childcare and grocery store workers, and other frontline workers.
I recently watched an episode of the Amazon TV series Sprung, where neighbors are all banging pots and pans to thank heroes (aka essential workers) during the pandemic.
Who is YOUR hero?