In this article, we will explore the concept of bravery and heroism in modern society and whether we will ever see heroes again in socialist societies. We will explore woke society and compare it to historic heroism.
NOTE: This article may not be for an emotionally sensitive audience.
“One day, you and everyone you love will die. And beyond a small group of people for an extremely brief period of time, little of what you say or do will ever matter. This is the UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTH of LIFE. And everything you think or do is but an elaborate avoidance of it. We are inconsequential cosmic dust, bumping and milling about on a tiny blue speck. We imagine our own importance. We invent our purpose – we are nothing.” – Manson Mark
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word WOKE as: “Aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice).”
In recent times or 2017 to be exact, the word ‘woke’ has taken on a new meaning from its original meaning as “the past tense of being awake”. We have seen the rise of a liberal social society consisting of mostly young people who share the same, and not always globally acceptable, political and moral views. The most common example of this would be the events that occurred around the death of George Floyd in 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Woke society protested, sometimes unnecessarily violent, against police brutality amongst other things.
Then and Now…
In modern society, we worry more about the AC settings than anything else. We stress when our cellphone battery runs low and we don’t have a cellphone charger at hand. We want to throw tantrums when we can’t have the latest and greatest cell phone or we want to slit our wrist if we can’t afford a bigger flat-screen TV than our neighbours. But what did people stress about in the latter days?
Think of the holocaust in Auschwitz for a moment and then ask yourself again whether the battery life of your cellphone still matters? During these horrific periods, society was more resilient than current societies. They did not know whether they will have the next meal or the next breath the following day. Times may have changed but one question remains: CAN WOKE SOCIETY STILL BE HEROIC IN MODERN TIMES?
The difference between Bravery and Heroism
Bravery or a brave person is a courageous person who is ready to face and endure danger or pain.
A heroic person or heroism is a person who is admired for their courage, bravery, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.
It would be suggested then that not all brave people are heroes because the two acts are on different levels.
Bravery is a common phenomenon, even within ourselves, e.g. It takes self-discipline and bravery to overcome a fear of heights by climbing Table Moutain or to stop a bad habit like smoking after you’ve been a smoker for 40 or so years.
Heroism is being that same brave individual with resilience and a high sense of hope where there seems to be no hope in sight.
Batman or Superman are not heroes but merely fictitious characters who gives a sense of hope. A real-life hero will risk a great deal to challenge the status quo in pursuit of their values or ideals. Real-life heroes endure great hardship and self-sacrifice and therefore, modern woke society would not wish to emulate.
Further reading on real-life heroes found on:https://allthatsinteresting.com/real-life-heroes/
Not everyone is capable of moving the proverbial earth or make a significant change in society, however, we all have 24 hours in a day. How we use that time and what we do to be remembered after this life is the question. So, ask yourself “What have I done lately to come a little closer to being heroic?”. I bet that our couch-potato society doesn’t even think as far and are comfortable with being insignificant with no positive contribution to society. Our moral standard has significantly dropped in comparison to historic times. Will this ever change? Yes, it can and will. By making small steps towards becoming a better you. Become your own hero first.