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The term hero is grossly overused these days. The definition of hero has been updated to include those who are “admired or idealized for courage” but that is exactly the problem. Courage is relative, so if that definition stands, every human being can be called a “hero” at some point to someone. I like to see a hero as one who is willing to put their own safety or life aside for the greater good of another, no matter the circumstances. I was listening to the radio the other day and they spoke of a young boy who was inside a stolen car, unknown to the thief. The child picked up his mother’s phone after the policed called, and was able to lead the police to his location by honking the horn of the now abandoned car. The radio broadcasters lauded this young man as a hero, but I fail to see the heroic nature of his action. I don’t mean to be harsh the actions of this child were remarkable, and given his age of only three years old quite admirable, but not heroic. A hero goes through lengths to save others. This child, while astonishingly courageous, was not a hero. I would like to petition all of mankind, and specifically the media, to stop overusing this term. Please save the word hero for the real heroes, the men and woman who fight for others, and those who run into flaming buildings. If humanity continues to cheapen the meaning of this word, it will eventually be met with only cynicism and contempt.