A hero is anyone who undertakes a challenge to bring about a positive outcome for humanity. That may not be the textbook definition but it is one I am comfortable sharing. It can be applied to the fireman who runs into the fire to save a life; to the policeman who prevents a racial attack; to the counselor who aids a woman after being beaten; to the teacher who inspires the young to change the world; to the doctor who diagnoses an illness and eradicates it. Anyone and everyone can be a hero given the circumstances, but who deliberately takes up the mantle?
We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. - Joseph Campbell
Joseph Campbell spoke of the Hero’s Journey, or monomyth as he referred to it, in his book The Hero With a Thousand Faces. After spending a passionate life dedicated to the gathering and maintaining of the mythology of varied cultures and religions, Mr. Campbell mapped out the stages of the hero common to almost all mythology. One of the first stages is “Call to Adventure.” It’s where the hero, while living in his ordinary world, is offered the chance to go in a new direction completely foreign to his every day. Whether it’s an adventure of global impact or a personal trial depends on the tale.
Today we have men, women, and children answering the call to duty for their country. They wear no capes, have neither inhuman superpowers, nor excess wealth. They use their voices, their presence, their minds. They reach out to others - be it their Congress members, their neighbors, their classmates, even their own relatives. They carry a message of unity in the presence of incredible odds, of peace in the face of chaos, and of good over evil. They have regular names like Karen, Peter, Kimberly, Matt, Aida, Nick, Adam.
They live their lives, carry on in their work, all the while reminding us all to see the bigger picture. Reminding us of what we cannot lose - our democracy, our Constitutionally guaranteed rights, our health care, our humanity. They remind us of the sacrifices made by the everyday person, the people who wear uniforms to preserve our rights, the minds still needing to be shaped to help the future of our country. These are heroes who have answered their call to duty, their call to adventure if you will. These heroes resist.
Author's Note: This is the second piece to my ongoing series Heroes Resist as originally posted at
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