What makes a hero?

A key insight from research on heroism so far is that the very same situations that inflame the hostile imagination in some people, making them villains, can also instill the heroic imagination in other people, prompting them to perform heroic deeds.

A large number of people we come across behave like retards. They don’t have any principles, they don’t believe in anything and they lack the courage to stand up against things that they see going wrong. The compliment set of these people is few but those are the people we consider to be heroes. What motivates these people? What really makes a hero?

Certainly the answer is not some kind of secret formula that can convert some Gangadhar into Shaktimaan. But the following article + video by a famous psychologist tries to put some more light on the matter. It seems the same conditions that can make someone evil also make heroes. Its the ability of these people to see things differently and act differently.

Watch carefully when the presenter shows the bell curve. That explains why many things in our country are going wrong, its because we are more or less like that bell curve. Most of the people are just passive and do not feel the need to act against the evil. The good people hence are marginally small and face great difficulty in facing the evil. The middle of the bell curve is more or less the like the “middle India”, the “middle class” which does not speak, which looks at his own interests only. The day this changes probably the future of our country will change.

Another conclusion from my research is that few people do evil and fewer act heroically. Between these extremes in the bell curve of humanity are the masses—the general population who do nothing, who I call the “reluctant heroes”—those who refuse the call to action and, by doing nothing, often implicitly support the perpetrators of evil.

Note the Dante’s words shown in the presentation:

The hottest places in HELL are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crises, maintain their neutrality.


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