Who are your heroes and why?

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    I was reminded this morning of how deeply I respect David Foster Wallace, so much that I made another thread about a speech he gave.

    I just discovered this BBC Documentary on him, if you are interested.

    He was known not only for his brilliant mind, but also for his kindness and humility. I admire that he did not believe that his much admired intelligence gave him a perch on which to look down upon others. He's someone I probably unconsciously attempt to emulate, failing miserably.

    This got me thinking about personal heroes. There's my dad and my grandfather who, together, created a standard for me that I have held every other man up to... and after that, I am drawing a blank. I am sure I will think of many more after I walk away. :redface:

    Who are your heroes and why? What is it that you admire about them?
     
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    For more reasons than I can count, my husband is my hero. Not like he's my knight in shining armour and he completes me, or any of that tripe. He makes me believe that I'm a good enough person on my own, and that with the two of us together we can do anything.
     
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    Batman. Seriously, Batman. To the point that when my parents asked me what name I wanted to use when dealing with folks who kept tripping over my Sanskrit birth name, I told them "Batman". Most of the morals I learned growing up came from Batman, the Baghavad Gita, Optimus Prime and a little G.I. Joe.

    As I got older, I found new heroes. People like Richard Dawkins, Adam Curtis, FDR, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kai Greene, Hunter S. Thompson, Martin Luther King Jr., Harvey Milk.

    And then there's my father and grandfather. My father has been both an inspiration and a cautionary tale, and I've tried my best to take the lessons he's taught me, whether consciously or not, to heart. And my grandfather, his is a life I fear I may never be able to live up to, one full of incredible events and actions, but I always strive to live up to his legacy.
     
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    My parents. Because they manage to bring me up without need psychiatric help.
     
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    Might sound egotistical but i don't really have any heros. I have many people that i respect and admire specifically because of something they've said or done. Now mind you that respect and admiration isn't dependent on continued action as that wouldn't be the bees knees. People are people. And shit really does happen.

    All in all though, family friends, some anime characters, movie characters and...wylie coyote. :p
     
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    It sounds cliche and sappy, but the people I really find to be heroic are generally unheralded, anonymous individuals who've persevered in the face of incredible adversity. Single parents of limited means and no outside support who've raised children diagnosed with complicated terminal diseases, all while working three jobs and dealing with their own personal demons. That kind of thing.

    Aside from that, Mohandas Gandhi always comes to mind when this topic is raised. He was so strong and determined, and yet a consummate gentleman who fought brutal oppression with peace. And won.

    In a more minor way:

    Audrey Hepburn, for being the closest thing to an Earth Angel I'm ever likely to see.

    Keith Richards, for sticking to his guns and being himself throughout a long and rather amazing rock and roll journey.

    Robert Pirsig, for writing two books that seriously expanded my mind, and continue to do so, whenever I re-read them.
     
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    William S. Burroughs, Hunter S. Thompson, Charles Bukowski.
     
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    What about Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady? :wink:
     
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    Oops. I knew I was forgetting somebody.
     
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    My Mom and grandmothers. They are amazing women and my role models in life.
     
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    Nice. Mine (to me) too
     
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    My grandma who raised 8 kids alone right after WW2, when food and especially meat was very limited. Actually many women did that during that time, they had a house full of kids, the husband was either dead or in war captivity and the women did a good job raising the kids and rebuilding the country.
    I also admire people like Mahatma Gandhi and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, but I wouldn't call them my heroes.
     
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    I don't know anyone who became a hero sandwich.




    Alleged joke over, I don't go for making people my heroes at least while they are alive because it is easy to get hurt if they fall off the pedestal.
     
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    my two older brothers. they are 11 months apart and then i came along 12 years later. i was like their little mascot. took care of me and more or less taught me to stick up for myself and what i believe it. love my bros.
     
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    Churchill and Richard Branson.

    There are others too that I can't remember just now. :/
     
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    Ronald Reagan
    Wolverine, but his friends call him Logan
     
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    Who are your heroes and why?
    only the one..........

    JC
    cos he lifted a weight off my chest..always happened when i was sleeping, way back..No BS
    (i attributed that weight to Seance meddling when vulnerable)
    JC obviously thought no things going to suppress one of my souls..
     
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    mine's a historical one from WW2 ^^

    Major Richard Winters of the 101st Airborne Division, Bastonge.
     
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    I also think Roald Amundsen is pretty badass.
     
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    My DAD, that's who. :cool:
     
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