We Can All Be Heroes by Delivering HOPE

by Jan on March 18, 2011

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” – Arthur Ashe

Courtesy MSNBC

As many of us watch from a distance, we are receiving the terrible news stories from Japan of their struggles. But we also see what people are capable of; there are stories of survival, courage and heroism – these elements make up part of a collective humanity.

As more stories are told from Japan, we can see how this holds true. New York Times reported a story the other day about a group of “heroes” – nuclear plant employees – who chose to stay behind in an attempt to extinguish nuclear reactors with seawater, in order to prevent an even wider environmental and public health catastrophe.

These people knew they would be exposed to high levels of radiation, potentially lethal. But in an act of heroism, they were willing to do whatever it took, at whatever cost, to serve others. They had HOPE that by sacrificing themselves, they would be helping thousands of others from an even more dire outcome.

Op-ed contributor for the New York Times, Ryu Murakami, stated, “… for all we’ve lost, hope is in fact one thing we Japanese have regained. The great earthquake and tsunami have robbed us of many lives and resources. But we who were so intoxicated with our own prosperity have once again planted the seed of hope. So I choose to believe.”

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