I would like to speak with you today about heroes.
Heroes are different things to different people.
What are heroes? Some believe they are rock stars! Others believe that they are the sports stars and movie actors.
They could be all of the above. They could be, but not necessarily so.
A Hero is a person that can set aside their fear and act in the best interests of their fellow man despite the consequences of their actions. They are the people that can act as the moral examples to our children. They are the people that self-sacrifice on a daily basis and yet receive little recognition in return. In most cases never receive an award in their entire life.
In short, they are our religious leaders; our teachers; our military; our police force; our doctors; our firemen, but only if they can consistently put forward the best of themselves. They are our parents, who can set aside what they want to do in order to best serve, teach and protect their children. They are the people that teach us right from wrong, by way of example.
During the course of my lifetime, I had the good fortune to befriend and work for a man who was a great hero to me as he set the moral standard. He demonstrated this by way of his actions and great kindnesses and the respect he demonstrated towards myself and others. He was a very loyal advisor and friend. He was a natural-born leader. You would follow his instructions to the letter, because he respected and trusted you to perform the task.
He told me once that he was one of the most highly decorated Canadian Soldiers of WW2. He said he was not bragging but he wanted to explain something to me. He showed me all his medals and he said do you know, being highly decorated places a tremendous responsibility on one. You are representing your fallen comrades and friends. They are the ones most deserving of the medals. As a result, you spend the rest of your life earning them and being worthy of them.
This morning I heard a rather interesting bit of news regarding Caitlyn Jenner. Now I am not trying to denigrate this person. Clearly Caitlyn Jenner has had to wrestle with many personal demons in their lifetime and requires the support of his/her friends. In addition he/she has won awards in the Olympics that were well earned and therefore deserves some celebrity status.
It does beg the question: What does one’s sexuality have to do with getting a medal or an award?
This person has done nothing to warrant the award of “bravery.” I am not saying that it did not take courage for this person to put themselves through all this stress of having a sex change and coming out of the closet. Many people have had this type of operation over the last 35 years or so and have not been given awards for it. In fact this action is not worthy of a bravery award. Nor is it setting any kind of moral example to our children.
In fact it sends the wrong message entirely. A person’s sexuality is no one’s business but their own and this should never be used as a public forum. Nor should this be a reason for being given a prestigious award.
This further begs the question: What is the mandate here? What is the agenda of the liberal media? Is our Government preying on innocent children, by allowing various societies to publicly grant these awards and then give them free airtime for it?
What message will our teachers be telling the students they are teaching should the topic come up?
Clearly, our society has forgotten what the word hero really means, for people are receiving awards for all the wrong reasons.
I do hope that Ms. Jenner will not be offended by what I have had to say, but will rather take action to start earning this award in order to help validate it. Do something positive! Never mind validating your sexuality. Validate yourself as a proactive person that can help others in a selfless manner for the betterment of mankind.
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