Genuine and True
There is a common misconception that a hero is one that can do super human things. We paint a picture that he can swing from a web, soar through the sky, or lift a car off of a bridge in the nick of time. Yet, in the midst of all the dreams and colors, we hear Emerson’s view of the characteristics that define a true hero. In the eyes of Emerson, a genuine hero is a person that holds his faith high, remains true to himself, and is persistent in all that he does.
Initially, when asked to define faith, people often struggle to create a concrete answer. After reading Emerson’s text, it is easy to say that a true hero exemplifies good faith and virtue in his actions. A hero does not question the risk of his good deed. He does not portray any selfishness in his acts because he is a man of God. A hero would not walk down the street and raise his nose snobbishly to those that are less successful because he believes if you are surrounded by friends, art, angels and fate there will always be hope. Faith and virtue are not something he does; they are a part of who he is. He feeds his body with the satisfaction of his soul, not the fill of the stomach or praise from others.
Secondly, while a superhero’s weakness may be kryptonite, a true hero’s weakness is doubt. A hero must have trust in him self and happiness in the confidence he holds. Heroism has many obstacles. If a hero were to second-guess himself, he may miss an opportunity to change a life for the better. We see this in everyday situations, such as a helpless kid being picked on in school. A true hero would not miss a beat. He would step up and stop the harassment. This would not be possible without trusting himself and being powered by the happiness of doing right. Success comes to a hero that allows him to remain confident with these things. This places him in a euphoric state that blocks out the negativity of others that may come upon him. A hero can only find this happiness...