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Why Do We Call Them Heroes?

             The Unites States Census Bureau currently publishes that approximately 290,404,267 citizens live in America, all of whom have the potential to be a hero. Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, from all walks of life. What makes a hero, who decides, and why do some seem to last forever while others are just a flash in the pan? Heroes and role models come into your life and help to mold and shape the person you will become. Heroes and role models can drift in and out of your life depending on what characteristics or appeal they possess at a particular time.
             Heroes are individuals with their own sense of style that makes them great, from the imagination of Steven Spielberg to the keen business sense of entrepreneur Bill Gates; from the hilarious comedic ability of Robin Williams to the perseverance of former Superman, Christopher Reeves. The tenth edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines hero as "a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities" (543). Qualities commonly seen in great individuals include humor, humility, compassion, imagination, knowledge, and insight to name a few. A musician by the name of Bob Dylan once said, "A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom" (brainyquotes.com). Heroes and role models have the ability to mold minds and make people emulate their behavior. True heroes understand this and act accordingly. They understand that what they do will be perceived by many people as right and acceptable. Heroes have certain expectations put upon them by society, and they must live up to those expectations.
             A hero is defined by the person looking for certain characteristics. Many role models and heroes have come in and out of my life at different times. All of these people have come together to make me the person I am today. I have found new inspiration through my current role model Michael Baden, a forensic pathologist from New York.

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