A real hero is a firefighter who chooses to face imminent danger in order to directly save lives.
A real hero is a carpenter or architect or engineer who builds us the structures that make our lives safer and our world smaller.
A real hero is a scientist who spends his life in search of cures and remedies.
A real hero is a person who voluntarily feeds and clothes the needy, and gives them hope in times of hopelessness.
A real hero is a teacher who explains to us the details of how our world works.
A real hero is an inventor or entrepreneur who dreams of new ways to make our lives better and gives us the inspiration to do more.
A real hero is a writer or performer who lifts our sadness and offers us joy.
A real hero is a fisherman who braves the elements to keep us fed.
A real hero is a businessman who provides what a community demands better or for less than they could find elsewhere.
A real hero is a person who saves his wealth, deferring his own consumption so that others may have a chance to improve their station.
A real hero is a friend who listens to our worries and provides comfort during our trying times.
A real hero is any person who sees others living their lives peacefully, and lets them be.
We encounter many heroes in our day-to-day lives.
Real heroes are peaceful. Their heroics aren’t predicated on inflicting harm. Real heroes are not responsible for the deaths of untold innocents, including children. Real heroes do not perpetuate injustice throughout the world. Their primary value is not unflinching obedience. They don’t face imprisonment for not obeying commands from superiors; they do what they do because they choose to do so. They participate in mutually beneficial behavior. Their remuneration isn’t forcefully extracted from others, nor do they have guaranteed benefits for life. Real heroes don’t expect - nay,demand - public adulation for themselves or their symbolism. And they don’t represent the armed extension of tyranny cloaked in the facade of honor, justice, freedom, and selflessness.
There are many heroes you should thank today, just not the ones you’re told to.