<p>Should heroes be defined as people who say what they think when we ourselves lack the courage to say it?</p>
<p>The heroes of society are able to voice the concerns of the unheard. They are the maverick of society that are willing to go against the status quo in order to achieve the greater good. These are the men and women who are able to create an impact on history due to their valor and steadfastness. Although these heroes are rare, they are often found in literature and history.</p>
<pre><code> The ability to remain determined and unwavering while opposing established institutions and common belief is is the attribute of a hero. This trait can be found in the honorable and venerable Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird. Living in a society imbedded with racial prejudice and pure hatred of blacks. Atticus Finch must face the wrath of his neighbors when he chooses to defend a black man accused of rape. The thought of defending a black man, let alone actually prove his innocence, was unheard of in this narrow-minded community. Nevertheless, Atticus Finch remained brave and courageious. he would be the voice of reason and righteousness in a time and place filled with ignorance and hate. His courage to speak of what was unaccepted denotes him and others of his kind as heros.
This unwavering rejection of the norms of society is also show in history. The heros of history are the mavericks who go against the acceptable dogmas. This is epitomized in martin Luther, the man who opposed a whole empire. Luther, a German monk, was deeply concerned with Christianity and salvation. He made many pilgramages to the Cathic Roman empire as well as studied the ancient scriptures diligently. However, he never felt completely satisfied until he realized that only fath is necessary salvation. This novel idealogy went against all previously accepted beliefs such as good works, indulgances and the Pope's authority. At the Diet of Worms, Lutehr was demanded to recant his radical views. Nevertheless, his determination to do and say what he knew was right prevendted him. This man, who was willing to go against hundreds of years of accepted practices and beliefs, is truly a hero for remaining steadfast and unrelenting in his assertion of truth.
The heroes of society are not the man and women who remain silent and reticent. On the contrary, the people who do not conform and try to change what they beleive is wrong are the heroes that will be remebered and venerated forever.