You’ve all heard of people talking about unsung heroes? These being heroes that aren’t acknowledged as heroes. Well, “unsung hero,” like “crooked police officer,” is a redundant (not to mention repetitive and tautologous) term because every hero is unsung.
“But, Ceej,” you cry, “What about my (insert relative) who fought in the war? Wasn’t he a hero?” No. He wasn’t. Why? Because someone who follows orders is not a hero. Someone who follows orders is a lapdog. More often than not, people who fight in wars are criminals. Following orders doesn’t make what you did right or heroic. It only makes it more wrong because you let someone else control you. If a soldier is a hero because he was following orders, then so is a hit man.
A hero is someone who puts their personal safety and comfort at risk to do what they know to be right. Such people are never considered heroes by the powers that be. They’re either vilified (like Bradley Manning) or publicly downplayed and forgotten. The powers that be hate heroes because heroes threaten their power. They call people who serve their end heroes, but they also call drug use criminal, among other well-known blatant lies.
If you’re publicly being called a hero, you’re not. You’re probably a criminal. If you actually are a hero, you’re either an unknown or being treated as a criminal. Remember that, before you feel good about that medal you’re receiving.