What Makes Somebody a Hero?
One of the best things about social media is the interconnectivity it provides us with people across the planet, as well as the ability to share our thoughts and feelings with them. As it so happens, this is also one of the worst things about social media.
I couldn’t help but feel astounded today as I scrolled through my newsfeed on Facebook and saw people sharing articles about one 9/11 widower’s response to Caitlyn Jenner receiving one of Glamour magazine’s Woman of the Year awards. It feels like every time we advance and move forward as a society, we also take a step or two back. We become so defensive about pride and success that, more often than not, we lose sight of what it was we originally championed.
F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, “Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.” It’s as if the great American author knew that there is always more than one side to a story, always a silent defeat hidden beyond our more obvious conquests. After all, the concept of a hero must involve some sense of triumph, and, like the flip side of a coin, loss is inherent to victory.
Start the slideshow below to hear more about NYPD officer James Smith, husband of Moira Smith, the only female NYPD officer killed on 9/11, and what he did with his wife’s posthumous Woman of the Year award when he found out that Caitlyn Jenner was a 2015 recipient. Then SHARE this story and let us know what you think about the matter.
Did one woman’s award diminish the memory of others?