A Hero?

I don't get it. Why are people referring to the Jet Blue Flight Attendant as a hero?
If you ask me, someone who blows up at their customers, storms off and unnecessarily deploys emergency equipment is not a hero. 
They are quite simply someone who should be fired.
Is that what we praise today?  Is that what makes someone a hero? When someone doesn't do their job, regardless of the pressure put on them, should they be praised for giving up in a violent fashion?
A hero is someone sticks with the job and does it to the best of their ability despite the obstacles thrown in their way. 


2 thoughts on “A Hero?

  1. A boring hero does that stuff. We want heroes that have a darkside just like we do. In fact, we all need moments of giving up to become better heroes. Unfortunately, as you point out, he’s given up and become a hero FOR that reason.

    A hero does stuff we could never do, but we wish we could, like flying or being bullet proof. Or, as Slater shows us, a hero can do stuff we all feel but are too afraid to do. I don’t think it’s the fact that he did something bad that makes him a hero. It’s the fact that he did something to throw off the constrains of a mere mortal worker.

    Too bad it was a freak out and not saving someone’s life.


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