H=Heroes=Bookish Confession#8

Everybody loves a good hero– the one who leaves everything and works tireless to save the world.  Perhaps everbody except me (or the people who think like me).

I am more of a relationship person. When I read about the heroes in fiction and in biographies, I sometimes question their motive.

I remember there is a podcast about history which questions how much of the history is truly the history of motivation. The podcast questions that whatever we see heroes or history-altering characters have achieved is the byproduct. The motivation was something else, and achievement at that time was something else. For example, we may recall the victors of the wars as someone who changed the course of history, but in the end these were the people who were responsible for the mass destruction of cultures.

I will give an example. There is a book called Lajwanti by Rajinder Singh Bedi.  It is about the partition time of India and Pakistan. The Female character, Lajwanti, is kidnapped in the book during partition, and the Male character, Lajwanti’s husband, starts working in India towards rehabilitation of the kidnapped women in the hopes that he will find his wife. He becomes a hero, but when he actually finds his wife, he is unable to touch her in any way. So he makes her a Goddess, his muse. He becomes a hero in community for his respect for the women, but his respect was basically a byproduct of his inability to accept his wife.

Similarly so many heroes in the books become heroes not because of their true achievements/mistakes but because of their byproducts. They leave behind a trail of people who are waiting for them to finish their heroism and come home.

And that is why I hate heroes. They might be heroes, but in the end they are heroes because of the “byproducts”

P.S.: The story Lajwanti is a masterpiece. What I have presented is only a small section of the story.

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