HAT FORUM, Sat Feb 9, 11am OISE. "The Hero"

HAT FORUM Sat Feb 9, 11am- 1pm
LOCATION: OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
TOPIC: The Hero
 FACILITATOR:Mandy St Germaine.

Definition of a hero (Wikipedia)
“hero (male) and heroine (female) refer to characters who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self sacrifice for some greater good of all humanity.”

In his book The Hero’s Journey, Joseph Campbell, describes the typical adventure of the archetypal character known as The Hero, the chosen person who goes out and achieves great deeds on behalf of the group, tribe or civilization. The journey of the hero follows a common path including; the existence in the ordinary world, the call to adventure, refusing the challenge, finding a mentor, ordeal, death and rebirth and finally returning home as the hero with strengthened physical and mental abilities.
In modern times we are surrounded by examples of people who risk their own well being to save others. In some cases these heroic acts are spontaneous and in the moment while others come about because people knowingly place themselves in dangerous situations for the greater good of society. George Brown College student, Dwight Orchard, jumped onto the subway tracks as the train was entering the St. Clair West station, to save the life of a stranger . He did this as other passengers stood by watching in fear.

Newtown school administration faced certain danger by confronting the gunman to save their students.

Canada has been shaped throughout history by the heroic acts of our veterans who choose to face certain danger for the sake of their country and fellow citizens.

When interviewed after their heroic acts most people say they didn’t do anything special and prefer not to be called heroes, they believe they did what anybody would do in the same situation.

1.Do you believe that we each have the capacity to be a hero or are heroes a special breed of us just waiting to be called into action? Which characteristics do you think embody a hero? Under what conditions would you be moved to act heroically?
2 Popular wisdom says that we should each have a hero whose character and good works we admire and aspire to, eg. Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Terry Fox, Christine Sullivan, Raoul Wallenberg, Ann Harvey
Do you have a hero , who is that, and why do you believe they are a hero? How do these people/characters impact your life?