Save Yourself

Of course we have heroes. But heroes serve as examples, not limits.

When we heroise someone else, we take on either the role of hero-in-training or the victim.

The victim will always complain, expect to be saved. They will always want a fish, not a fishing rod. They never think that they could be their own hero. The one that saves themselves.

The hero-in-training looks to their hero as a path to emulate. They don't wait to be taught to fish, nor be given a rod to use. They see their hero's struggles to succeed and make them their own.

My Intercultural Communication students used to lament about the state that Malaysia is in compared to other countries.

I asked them to name a country they admired. I then gave them certain key words to search about that country, and the veneer of beauty fell away.

Everyone has problems, and we have our own unique ones, as an individual, as a family, as a community, as a country, as a planet.

Let's expect less to be fed, and do more to teach ourselves and others how to feed each other.

At the end of the day, if the victim doesn't become the hero, they become the villain.

Be a hero. Save yourself.