Do "heroes" have to have right intention in order to be considered heroes?

Posted by: PetersSmith

The heroic journey can be taken consciously or unconsciously. There's a time in one's life when the unconscious heroic journey is understandable, when one is young and in positions of little authority. The young warriors of the future will still largely perform their heroic tasks unconsciously. It is a part of development, eventual{y to be outgrown. As warriors grow older, however, and move into positions of power and authority, for more is at stake because their actions affect a far wider field. Because th

  • Yes, a "hero" must have right intention in order to be classified as such. It must be an unconscious, generous, and potentially sacrificial act. The moral objective is that of saving a people, or person, or idea. He/she is sacrificing himself for something. It must be done for the "right". Motives matter.

  • No, a "hero" does not have to have right intention in order to be classified as such. Acts of courage, self-sacrifice, and bravery. For example, if a soldier saves another soldier just because he wanted a medal, he would still be considered a hero for the act itself. Motives don't matter.

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  • There are no "heroes". It is a myth. Some people just do the right thing. Is that enough to be called a hero? They made be role models at best. And... role models in that very narrow event. Who knows what their private lives look like!

    Posted by: Ezk
  • Someones motivations at the time might in retrospection not have been there true motives, just a belief/fantasy that allowed them to do a heroic act. On a similar vein I don't think anything is truley alturistic so there must always be some gain to self to motivate people but it is not always easily apparent.

  • A hero does not need to have the right motives nor intentions, a person could be considered a hero just for his/her unintentional act of heroism. Heroism does not need to be the greatest act of selflessness, it can be as simple as doing something at the right time. (no good intention needed)

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PetersSmith says2015-04-22T15:47:37.5200981-05:00
If you want to read the description: he heroic journey can be taken consciously or unconsciously. There's a time in one's life when the unconscious heroic journey is understandable, when one is young and in positions of little authority. The young warriors of the future will still largely perform their heroic tasks unconsciously. It is a part of development, eventual{y to be outgrown. As warriors grow older, however, and move into positions of power and authority, for more is at stake because their actions affect a far wider field. Because there is more to lose, they will have to perform their heroic acts with full consciousness of the often painful consequences for everyone, including themselves. Many heroic acts of this kind will go unnoticed by society-if not actively denigrated. There will be no medals. This makes such acts for more difficult to do, and therefore even more heroic.

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