Looking beyond the cape – what does it take?

Remembrance and Veterans Day. Movember. The new Thor movie (You may have noticed, some of us at VisualDNA love comic books.). What do these things have in common?

They’ve all made us stop and think about heroes.

The word “hero” in our society is used to cover such a broad spectrum: a police officer injured in the line of duty, a wounded soldier that perseveres, a suffragette who goes to jail, a commuter that saves someone from an oncoming train.

But for how much the word gets thrown around, do heroes really exist for us – or are we too cynical? And if they exist outside of fables and comic book pages, can we agree about what makes one? Is it someone whose great deeds inspire us to do great things? Is it someone who provides aid or comfort? Is it someone that risks themselves for others?

We’ve decided to devote this week to understanding our perceptions of heroes. We’ve identified four traits that we feel are common to heroes – great and small, famous and unknown, real and imagined:

  • Altruism
  • Courage
  • Perseverance
  • Vision

We’ll explore one trait a day on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. We hope you’ll join the conversation.

Tell us what you think:

  • Do heroes still exist?
  • What have you done to be heroic?
  • What makes a hero?
  • Have you ever been rescued?

As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary. – Ernest Hemingway

Who’s your hero? Tweet us your thoughts with the hashtag #MyHero @MyVisualDNA