You don't need a red cape or a secret cave to be a super hero. Instead, you can be a hero just by the selfless, authentic, and moral qualities you project onto others. Heroes pursue justice without discriminating against who they help. As we think of the year that's now ending, it's a time to think of the everyday heroes who've touched our lives in the past 12 months. Here at Beliefnet, we name an annual Most Inspiring Person of the Year and CNN airs its own tribute to this year's heroes. So we asked you what makes a true hero, and what follows are some of the best answers you gave. Get started: "A hero is someone who..."
I look for people who are motivated to create positive change in a loving, non-violent, and selfless way. These people strive to make a difference, whether they get anything out of it or not.
A die-hard passion to do good for people.
There are so many different kinds of inspiring people, but when a person puts someone else's life above his or her own, to me that's the ultimate inspiring act.
A hero is someone who cares enough to do what needs to be done without caring what other people may say or think, or if there may be danger. [A hero also goes] above and beyond, doesn't turn his head because it would be easier or convenient, and answers calls for help always.
A hero is someone who is "idolized" by others for their openness, honesty, and humility--a hero is defined by actions that are rooted in a strong moral center. A hero knows what's right and what's wrong, but even when he doesn't, he is still capable of correcting his mistakes.
I'd say completely removing yourself from the equation and helping only for the sake of helping is the definition of a hero to me.
I look for someone who inspires and shows remarkable compassion for others--giving selflessly of themselves.