As per oxford dictionary ‘heroes’ means ‘In mythology and legend, a man, often of divine ancestry, who is endowed with great courage and strength, celebrated for his bold exploits, and favored by the gods. A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life.
Henry charriere an author of ‘papillon’ and ‘banko’ was my hero. He was not a straight, honest person but a small criminal of France in 1930, was convicted to French guinea for the murder, he had not committed. He had sworn to himself on day one, that he will not serve his unjust sentence. Story is about his thirteen years imprisonment and nine daring attempts of escape to take revenge on the persons who framed that crime on him. He was my hero, not for his adventures escapes, but for his forgiveness. In 1967, after thirty seven years he went to the same place of crime and searched his enemies. Some were dead, some vanished or living pitiable life. He lived all his life in prison, in anguish,remembring faces of his enemies,to take revenge one day. But after reaching very near to it, he was dead sure that of all the people concerned in the crime, he was the happiest, as a free person with fame and reputation. He gave up the idea of revenge.
In all my critical situations in life I remembered Henry, and always found courage to search a way out.
He was my hero until recent time. Now I think differently.
I had found all my ways out because of courage and faith I had have in myself.
Now my hero is nobody but me.
You consider ‘Martin Luther king’ or ‘Mahatma Gandhi’ as a hero of your life, but how can it helps you if you are afraid of small rat or a cockroach? Besides, every heroic personality have weaknesses within. You like someone’s style of singing and all of a sudden he becomes your hero. Later on you will find that he is a bloody pedophile. You like a ‘sitar maestro’ and choose him as a hero, and then find that he is marrying for the forth time in search of divine love, leaving his three Ex. in pain and suffering. I knew some well-known surgeons and business men, top in their fields, not even considerable as friends in private lives.
How can a two legged person be a hero of 100 trillion cells of your body, including 100 billion neurons of your brain? God almighty has created you with unique ID. He placed all your gods and heroes and ethics and morals by default in you. Search and you will find it in yourself. As Buddha says,
Appo dipo bhava
Be a light unto yourself: and seek your salvation with diligence