Role Models vs Heroes

It’s currently 12:48am which is considered late for the current me (a year a go me would have called 3am late) and I can’t sleep, I think my mind is buzzing a little about too much. Earlier today (by which I mean yesterday) my mind wondered about Role Models and Heroes and what are the difference between them.

Let’s take my friend Vince, he’s a role model to me, I want to be more like him. I think he’s a good person, I believe in his actions, I want to share his mind set (the way he sees the world, the way he lets things effect him, etc) But to me Vince is not a hero.

I wonder why?

Ok let’s think about heroes, heroes can be a fictional character and they can be real people. I hope many agree that heroes are labeled heroes for the actions that they do, but heroes have flaws, take Han Solo, he’s very much labeled as a hero but his actions are not the most noble. (I still often wonder why he’s a hero and not a antihero but that’s another topic for another post.) So what makes Han Solo a hero? Well let’s see, and I’m so sorry if I get anything wrong, it’s late. At the start of Star Wars (original trilogy)  Han Solo is only there for a job, yup, he’s just in it for the cash/himself. But later on he changes, he’s not longer just out for himself, he saves the princess and helps the rebels win. So yes hero, he puts the needs before others, the greater good before his own.

So let’s go back to Vince, now I personally would never think Vince being a selfish person, he’s helped me a number of times with so many random things and he’s a very kind person. I think Vince has the whole nobleness down but there’s the greater good lacking, but in everyday world are there many chances to do whats right for the greater good? I’ve seen Vince donate to charity before but does that count? Does everyone who donates to charity a hero?

I tried to compare Vince with a hero of mine and then after much thinking I wasn’t sure who a hero to be would be, I could name heroes, such as superman but to think of a personal hero nothing came to mind, just role models, sure role models are people I’d like to be but I also agree on Superman’s beliefs(?) Superman fights for truth and justice. Superman is also good to people, I too, try and be as good as I can to everyone around me, but superman isn’t my role model and superman isn’t my hero, he’s a hero but not mine.

This might sound a bit crazy but I think age also has something to do with this too, role models are “often” older then you, since you’d want to follow in their footsteps. But heroes can be any age.

Most of this is pretty much just things from my head, not much research has gone into it, other then some of the hero stuff. I’m currently researching what a hero is, you’d think it would be pretty simple but there really is more then meets the eye.

I think I need to start thinking who my heroes are… hmmm… I’m sorry to leave this so open ended, some more thinking needs to be stuffed into it, maybe non late night thinking…

This blog will be talking a lot about Heroes and Villains and Antiheros since these are things I’m going to do my honours on. Enjoy.

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