Nobody's hero

On the subject of heroes:

That’s an awfully difficult word, of course — overburdened with freight, wide-ranging and elusive to define. Like the Supreme Court justice who famously declined to define pornography, but only stated, “I know it when I see it,” I may know a hero when I see one, but when people are called heroes for nothing greater than playing with a ball, hitting things with sticks, or just looking good, I will have to try to define the qualities of what I mean by “hero.”

Neil Peart
Bubba’s Book Club, Issue 13, June 2009

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