Hero : Someone who performs an act of bravery in a dangerous situation
World war II ended in the death of many heroes. And the death of heroism. As stable governments arose, supported by strong armies for security, the need for bravery vanished. And one by one, heroes went extinct from the general public. Now, there are no legends. Only their stories exist, to be marvelled upon by complacent men.
But even so, courage still exists discretely; hidden somewhere in meek hearts. And they belong to the unwilling heroes.
The unwilling heroes detest acts of courage. ‘Heroism is mere foolishness’, they say. And to that effect, most of them avoid any kind of confrontation. But how long can a man escape his true nature?
As the life of the hero goes on, his actions though complacent, lead him to dangerous situations beyond his control. So much so that, bravery becomes an urgent necessity. And then the lion roars for the first time. Courage surges through his spine, as if it were instinct. And then he conquers it all.
By some fantastic irony of fate, the unwilling becomes a rightful hero.
In the past, the story of legends did little to inspire people. Legends were powerful, blessed even godly men that waged battle against great evils. Ordinary folk knew their limitations and hence although quite entertained, they weren’t inspired by the stories.
But today, the times have changed. People are not only inspired, but also incited to action by the tales of unwilling heroes. This is because they see themselves in them – ordinary people with ordinary lives called up to a greater calling. And so on, one hero inspires a thousand, a thousand inspire millions and many more. The age of heroes hasn’t ended, my dear folks, it has only begun.