You’re calmly walking down the street when you suddenly see a man pointing a gun at a cashier- what is your first move? Who do you call? Of course, we call our constantly reliable hero, the Police. The only source of protection we can all agree have that will always be there when something is wrong and we need help. This protection they give and justice they bring (to some extent) can lead us to call the standard policeman our hero.
On the other hand, some believe there is no such thing as a hero, and believe the only true definition of a hero is represented by writing or in drawing like in comics or movies. The typical Superman or Spiderman that saves the day from any sort of danger at every singe non-humanly possible moment of the day, including natural disasters. Somehow these beings have the super power to save others: from outrunning robbers or fighting any kind of person, to something as simple as the typical saving a kitty from a tree.
We also have others who if they were to answer what the definition of a hero is would say the individuals who protect our country: Military men. This is somewhat similar to Virgil’s illustration of the Virgilian hero in the Aeneid. During these times, when Empires were being constructed and conquered, war was their most efficient way to gain this power. However, According to Virgil, being a great warrior is not enough. The Virgilian hero must depict qualities like pietas, virtus, and labor; Pietas meaning a sense of study and obligation to family, nation, and gods, virtus meaning moral courage or manliness, and labor meaning tireless striving. Other qualities of Virgil’s hero include the stoic idea of accepting fate/destiny and sacrificing happiness for ones responsibilities.
In my opinion, a perfect hero would be one that possess a little of all of these versions of a “hero”. One that could be called at any time of the day to save you from danger, not having to posses any sort of supernatural power or give up their happiness. Then again, there might not be a perfect hero, but there will always be room for improvement. Throughout the years and depending on the person, definitions of hero have and will change, what’s your definition?