MKE 2019 Week 17HJ

What is a Hero?

There is, of course, the dictionary definition of a hero.

noun, plural he·roes; also he·ros.

  1. a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character: He became a local hero when he saved the drowning child.
  2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model or ideal:
    My older sister is my hero. Entrepreneurs are our modern heroes.
  3. the principal male character in a story, play, film, etc.
  4. Classical Mythology. 
    a being of godlike prowess and beneficence who often came to be honored as a divinity.
    (in the Homeric period) a warrior-chieftain of special strength, courage, or ability.
    (in later antiquity) an immortal being; demigod.
  5. hero sandwich.
  6. the bread or roll used in making a hero sandwich.

We can safely ignore the sandwich meanings for our discussion.

Maya Angelou says that a hero is someone who leaves the world a better place than they found it. Or who at least tries to do that. "I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people."

The hero starts out in his known, comfortable world. Well, maybe not comfortable, but known. He receives a call to adventure by some herald. The herald could be a person or an event that causes our hero to realize he must make a change..

The hero then must cross into the unknown. Typically, this causes the hero to refuse the call. He or she might get some outside help to cross the threshold and will pick up helpers and mentors along the way..We have been on this journey and come to the death of our old self or identity.

Out of the death comes a rebirth of a new and improved person. That person becomes one with the force and returns to his known world transformed.

Hero Journey Diagram

The Hero's Journey

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