Now and then I come across someone or something that I believe to be inadequately named by the New Oxford Dictionary.
This week I’ve been thinking about “hero.” Everyone has an image in mind when they hear the term, but we do not really have a word for people who are not heroes, but thump their chests, proclaiming themselves to be.
So I would like to offer my word for such a person:
Just to clarify:
A hero is an individual who rises to the occasion and is adequately surprised and humbled by the positive results.
A hego is a person who fails to deliver, but still insists that he* did the job.
A hero doesn’t promise, but still provides.
A hego fails and claims he never promised.
A hero considers the responsibility before agreeing to try.
A hego assumes there is nothing he can’t do.
A hero searches for others better qualified than himself.
A hego believes he is the most qualified without ever searching.
A hero demands no reward.
A hego needs the reward to confirm his worth.
A hero carries his cross.
A hego places his cross on another.
A hero tells the truth because he must.
A hego exaggerates because he must be perceived as great.
Whether in politics, business, entertainment or religion, each path requires a certain amount of honor. When this is provided, a hero can emerge. When it’s ignored and shortcuts are sought, a hego is hatched.
A hero gives of himself.
A hego uses others.
A hero fears being a coward and ends up brave.
A hego believes himself brave and ends up a coward.
A hero steps back.
A hego pushes forward.
A hero lays down his life for a friend.
A hego asks the friend to perform the sacrifice.
A hero seeks peace.
A hego yearns for war.
Bluntly, we could consider the hego to be an exercise in foolishness except for the fact that when our enemies know that we no longer respect the role of a hero, they are more likely to attack whomever has become our latest hego.
A hero believes in others.
A hego believes in himself.
It is my heartfelt opinion that America needs a hero — or maybe two.
For after all, we are well-staffed with the hego.