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JewelDigger Donating Member (440 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-27-03 01:03 PM
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What's your favorite 'heroic' story?
I'm looking for stories of heroism in the deepest/classic sense. Stories that really had/have an impact on you and and that help 'bring out that best side' that's in us all.
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-27-03 01:10 PM
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1. The Silmarillion
because it includes both the notion of "romantic idealism" and the fact of the "fallen" nature of reality.
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burrowowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-27-03 01:15 PM
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2. Giroudeaux's play Antigone
along with the Greek versions.
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Um_Yeah Donating Member (371 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-27-03 01:15 PM
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3. Beowulf
Saiyuki/The Monkey King, classical stuff works.
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GayboyBilly Donating Member (177 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-27-03 01:20 PM
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4. For me...
I would have to say, the heroism of Matthew Shepard. A young man who was nobody in this vast America, died a senseless death, but through his death bought National attention of hate crimes to the front burner. His name will forever be on my mind & his assailants also.

Stop the silence
A radical and effective suggestion:
Say it aloud in your schools, churches, work
place and favorite hangouts.

Gay bashers are closet cases.

Gay people know it.
Straight people know it.
When gay bashers realize we all
Know why they hit gay people
Theyll stop rather than out themselves.

Speak up. Stop the silence now.


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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-27-03 08:33 PM
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10. Congrats GayboyBilly!! 100 posts
A :toast: for your first milestone!!
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-27-03 01:33 PM
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5. Several come to mind
Lance Armstrong's battle with cancer, Lew Millets bayonnet charge in Korea, ML King's fight for equality, Gandhi, and many more I can't remember right now.


Oh yes:

GW Bush's heroic defense of Texas during the Viet Nam war.

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Ivory_Tower Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-27-03 01:41 PM
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6. Literature or historical/news stories?
My first thought was real-life heroism. The one that comes to mind is the man (who's name I unfortunately cannot recall) who gave his life rescuing victims from the Potomac River after the Air Florida plane crash in the 80's. I might not always remember the name, but I remember the deed.
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HawkerHurricane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-27-03 02:30 PM
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7. Those who 'hold the line' day by day
The police, firefighters, and military men who go through the daily grind waiting for the emergency they hope never comes

"It's Tommy this, and Tommy that,
And Tommy; How's your soul?
But it's the 'thin red line of 'eroes'
When the drums begin to roll!" - Tommy Atkins, by R. Kipling
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ForrestGump Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-27-03 02:54 PM
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8. Quite a few
"A Bridge Too Far," by Cornelius Ryan, is one account of a particularly doomed heroic stand (the sort of thing that was too prevalent in WWI and that would later become all too common during the Vietnam conflict).
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Cheswick2.0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-27-03 04:09 PM
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9. Arland D. Williams, Jr.
Edited on Sun Jul-27-03 04:10 PM by Cheswick
do you remember this guy? I was watching the rescue and watched this guy pass off the rope that was lowered to him. He passed it off 5 times and when they came back to him he has sunk under the water and died.

This has always stayed with me.
http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/resource/speeches/1983/606...

The President. We're here to honor Arland Williams, Jr. Virtually everyone in the United States knows of his heroism and knows of his deed, but very few, if any, knew his name. Those of us who do know of his bravery have remembered him only as the ``unknown hero.'' And that was in the terrible tragedy that took place down here on January 13th, 1982, when the plane crashed into the bridge and into the ice-covered Potomac. And for a long, long time we have known of the one man who repeatedly handed the line from the helicopter to others that he thought were in a worse situation than he was, saving five people in all. And then when the helicopter went back for him, he was no longer there.

And now an investigation by the Coast Guard and a thorough study has made it known that Arland Williams, Jr., was the hero who gave his life that others might live. And we have here his family -- Arland and Virginia Williams; his son and daughter, Arland and Leslie, and the Vice Commander of the Coast Guard. And we are awarding to him this medal -- some 607, I think it is, have been given in the 100 years' history of the medal. There is a gold and silver medal. Two gold were given to other heroes in this same tragedy, two silver, and now this one.

And Time magazine said, ``If the man in the water gave a lifeline to the people gasping for survival, he was likewise giving a lifeline to those who observed him.'' And I think that is true, because all of us had to stand a little taller witnessing this heroic deed and knowing now the man who gets the credit.

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