Goliath-Fighting Davids: Real Heros are not Movie Actors, Community Activists, or Atheletes

President Abraham Lincoln said, “Any nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.” The president of course was referring to heroes and heroism in the purest sense of the words.
When Lincoln uttered the phrase in the 19th century, an action deemed “heroic” was not nearly as interpretively subjective as it might be today. It didn’t need to be. It was clear to all what heroes and heroics were, because “heroism” was defined then as “distinguished bravery or gallantry; noble disregard of danger; and intrepidity.”