A Hero’s Code

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From Flickr user Edward Liu

First and foremost, a hero is good. That goodness is expressed consistently, both inside and out. The occasional failing will happen, but the hero always returns to goodness. They make amends and do better next time.

 

A hero encourages the good in those around them. They know the world is better when everyone’s best selves have the space and support to shine. Those who already strive to be good deserve an ally. Those who have fallen deserve the offer of a helping hand. (Whether they choose to take it is up to them.)

 

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From Flickr user greyloch

A hero is strong for others. Sometimes this is physical strength, sometimes mental, sometimes moral. Whatever form the strength takes, it is always used to help others. The hero does not use their strength for their own advancement at the expense of others.

 

A hero pushes the limits of their strength. All heroes have limits, because every hero is finite and flawed. A hero knows their limits, but seeks to exceed them with cleverness or new strengths. When they fail, they rest and heal, and then they try again.

 

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From Flickr user Pat Loika

A hero leads, partners, and follows, each at the right time. When the world or the country or the team has lost their way, a hero leads by example and encouragement. When others would benefit from the hero’s strength, a hero is a generous and respectful partner. When others can lead well, a hero follows their lead with cheerfulness and good will.

A hero is not alone. Each is defined in no small part by the friends they make, the comrades they join, and the people they love. When a hero falters, they accept the help of a friend, a comrade, or a loved one.

A hero is good. A hero encourages the good in those around them. A hero is strong for others. A hero pushes the limits of their strength. A hero leads, partners, and follows, each at the right time. A hero is not alone.

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From Flickr user JM Palacios

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