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So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him 1 Samuel 1750 Most of us if not all of us when asked to name our heroes come up with names of rock stars highly paid athletes pillars of the movie industry well-acclaimed directors people who storm the front pages of our dailies names that are engraved on the walls of prestige and fame In times of war or any occurrence wherein death is involved somehow a line is drawn and we are able to clearly define the people and the names that fit in each sound of the word hero We start to grasp the idea that they are the men and women who emerged from the shadows of fear defied danger and death for the sake of what they believed in considered the personal cost and risk involved and still placed themselves into thin ice in defense of something beyond what the glamour of the front pages of our newspapers could ever reach The conflicts end and tranquility once again enveloped our lives We build statues name our streets and educational institutions after them placed them upon a pedestal all because our elders led us to believe that they died for a cause We memorize their names and what they had done for the sake of getting the right answer in our exams Lately however streets are now being named after famous but not heroic personalities Students begin memorizing their names The bottom of it all is that our hearts seems to be locked up in the idea that heroes and celebrities are of the same level Why do I consider heroes different from famous personalities I believe that heroes are not born Neither are they made They are individuals who do not consider themselves brave or heroic but when a countenance that leads to
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