Heroes

Discussion in 'Random Chat' started by evadra, Dec 4, 2011.

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Is there such a thing as a sportig hero?

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  2. No

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  1. evadra

    evadra New Member

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    Ok a bit random. But who would you consider a hero? What criteria must they fulfill?
    And is there such thing as a sporting hero?
     
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    evadra New Member

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    Ok typo on poll, obviously supposed to be "sporting". Ooops.
     
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    Heroes are people who try to do good, stop bad things from happening, who are brave, loyal, fair, compassionate, and willing to risk their lives to save others.
    I don't know if that makes them sporting or not.
     
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    Firiath Halfling barbarian

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    Personally, I wouldn't say heroes have to be fair and compassionate and probably not even brave all the time, but I would add that sacrifice is probably one of the most important aspects of heroism.

    What do you mean by "sporting hero"? Could you give an example?
     
  5. Feidai

    Feidai Put some spleen into it.

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    I'm guessing the OP means heroes in sports. I don't think they're really heroes, they're just playing games that they happen to be good at rather than saving lives or helping anyone but themselves really.
     
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    evadra New Member

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    My example when debating this with my friend was Johnny Wilkinson in 2003 who kicked the winning drop goal and won the world cup. Not only just for that kick but at the time he was just a points machine and time and time again was winning the game for England.
    I am not trying to put these sprots stars on an equal level as heroes in war or medicine for example. But in the realm of sports, can one be considered a hero? Or is the fact that it is just a game why they will never be.

    Points for being regarded a sporting hero:
    Acheive something great, which required a lot of skill/determination/perserverance, displayed nobel qualities, have "saved the day" for your team/supporters.......

    My firends counter arguement was simply that sports stars are just simply doing what they are expected to do. I feel however that being a hero has nothing to do with doing the unexpected. If you are in the position to save some one for example, and have the ability to, society would expect you to save them.
     
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    Unless the athlete has done something heroic that transcends the sport in which they play, they cannot be a hero.
    Perhaps we could call Jackie Robinson a hero?