...from Victim to Survivor to Victor


From the Greek, the word hero describes an individual who, despite danger and weakness, musters the courage to sacrifice oneself on behalf of the needs of others. Scholars comment that the term, in its ancient roots, is directly related to the Latin verb servo meaning to safeguard or serve. The hero is one who rises up despite danger or adversity to serve the needs of others ever before the self. Sometimes this comes at the price of one’s life. However, in all instances, the hero vanquishes the danger that is confronted, rising above it as the victor.