Why is it that as a society we worship people that throw stuff at each other? Ok I get it that Barry Bonds has an extraordinary gift at hitting a ball that's thrown at him and Joe Montana could throw a piece of pigskin many yards very accurately and it is impressive but are these people really heroes? I've heard a lot of crying lately about how football has lost a great warrior because Michael Vick is no longer throwing stuff at other people (unless it's in the prison yard). I have even heard some people say that Black people have lost one of their heroes. Uhhhh hero? This guy strangled dogs with his bare hands. I don't care what he can do on the field he will never be a hero and no there is no coming back after that at least not for me, but let's see what the definition of a hero is:
A man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
By that definition not only would Michael Vick not be a hero but really not that many athletes either. When I think of bravery I don't think of a guy catching a ball in front of 60,000 screaming fans I think of a guy running into a burning building to save some one when no ones even around to know. In fact let's look at some black heroes:
Take Richard Allen for example. He was born into slavery in 1760. He saved up enough to buy his freedom and led what many believe to be the first protest by free blacks and founded the first black church as well as a school for black kids and a night school for black adults. Now that's a hero.
Paul Cuffe helped supply the American colonies during the American Revolution, smuggling goods past British patrol ships.
Vernon J. Baker led his 25-man platoon in a daring assault against dug-in German positions during World War II, destroying six machine gun positions and killing 26 soldiers.
I think the quality we think of the most when we think of a hero is someone doing something selflessly for others. This is something that a sociopath could never do. And clearly all people that torture and kill animals are sociopaths and incapable of processing normal emotions and feeling guilt. They have no conscience but can fake one when its convenient. What most people fail to realize when they worship and make the Michael Vicks of the world into gods and heroes is that a sociopath can't be fixed. But they can fake remorse pretty good. The latest quote I've heard is that Mr. Vick says he's a shy animal lover yeah and Grizzly bears are quite fond of Salmon too.
But why pick on Vick (had to try that word combo). There are plenty of bad apples out there to choose from in the sports world. Which is the whole point why pick those apples in the first place as heroes when we have much better examples to choose from?
Personally every parent that does a good job in the face of today's twisted society is a hero. Every teacher that goes into the ghettos and makes a difference is a hero. Joan of Arc was a hero. Jesus was a hero. Michael Vick is not even some guy that can throw stuff around good. He's a dog killer/torturer that can throw stuff around good. That's not a hero. The kid that got his leg blown off in Iraq is a heroTweet
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