Bilbo Baggins, is one of those safe guys, he likes the comforts of his warm home, and takes pleasure in good eats and a good read. Everything about him is warm and safe and he was happy with that.
But his friends, wouldn’t let him settle for that kind of existence. His good food- that’s meant to be shared! His warm home = a place to gather.
Safe is nice, it’s pleasant, it’s comforting.
But it isn’t the kind of life legends choose. Safety is not the priority of heroes.
Heroes are the giant killers. They are the ones that sacrifice their own lives, with blood and sweat and tears for a cause. They go against the odds, defy reason, defeat expectation and rise up to a higher call. Heroes stand out. They might even have to stand alone for the cause they fight for, but they are always the ones still standing.
The Hobbit was full of heroes. I like about this story that the heroes didn’t have to stand alone. They followed a leader, but they stuck together as a company. “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much” ~ Helen Keller. As heroes that stand together, it isn’t about the recognition that comes with the title of a Hero. It is about the cause you fight for, and for them, it was to take back their home.
Heroes fight for land. They’re either fighting to take back what’s been stolen, or they’re fighting to maintain what they have, or they’re fighting to advance and take more ground.
Land can be a metaphor. In this 21st Century, we don’t have to fight for homes. In reality many of us live a comfortable existence. So then, what can we be heroes for? Well what are you passionate about? What presses your “Justice Button”? Is it the loss of employment, or an attack on your health, or the wellbeing of a loved one, or the condition of our hospitals, schools, and the state of our government? There are many things worth fighting to improve.
I’m not encouraging a violent riotous bunch that fight for fighting’s sake. That is not heroism. For to fight you must have weapons of kindness and mercy. It must be because there is a greater good worth attaining. One of the best quotes in the Hobbit was the definition of courage: “True courage is about knowing not when to take a life but when to spare one”.
Heroism is not the act of destruction, it is not built from the root of bitterness at what life has dealt you. It is the other side of that. You become a hero, when you pass over the bump of disappointment, and you look to see what can be done about it. It takes heroic character to overcome trial and difficulty, and the things you feel will never change.
But that’s what life dares you to become. You’re only dealt poor events because you have it within you to not be held back by anything. Everyone is born with the potential of becoming a hero.
What is hindering you? And what are you going to do about it?
- “The Hobbit” is entertaining and inspiring hero’s tale (patheos.com)
- True heroes (taochild.wordpress.com)