The heroes of our time

28 August 2020 | Opinion

Over the years, many have tried to define heroism and what it truly means to be a hero or heroine. Many have also laid claim to these titles because of their position or ability, through glib tongue and other means, to rise to the top of politics or other spheres.

It was refreshing and needed for President Hage Geingob to pay tribute, in his Heroes' Day speech, to the many unsung heroes and heroines on the frontlines of Namibia's Covid-19 response.

In Namibian families, there are also many who face immense obstacles each day in the simple act of providing for their families.

While we may admire someone's position in society, their financial vulgarity and other superficial ways in which they become the source of our envy or pride, real heroism is always linked to character being refined in the fiery furnace of life.

It is indeed those who embody the highest level of sacrifice for the common good who can lay claim to true heroism.

There are also those who rise up, irrespective of their circumstances, to become the epitome of what can be attained through sheer tenacity and hard work.

Real heroes do not seek fame or praise for personal glorification, but instead use these as a mental springboard to better themselves. Real-life heroes inspire those around them and display a never-say-die attitude. Real heroes live not in mansions, but enmeshed in the plight of others.

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