BLOG

Doyle Glass

Author of the upcoming book Une Vie d’Honneur

What makes a hero?

The first thing that comes to mind is a person of extraordinary abilities and larger-than-life personality.  But in reality, most heroes are ordinary people acting in the best interest of others, often in disregard for their own safety.  In the words of renowned psychologist Philip Zimbardo, “… the key to heroism is a concern for other people in need—a concern to defend a moral cause, knowing there is a personal risk, done without expectation of reward.”

Here is a collection of short articles about ordinary heroes.

“The Fighting Girlfriend”

“The Fighting Girlfriend”

"Marry a serviceman, and you serve in the army: an officer's wife is not only a proud woman, but also a responsible title." These words were spoken by Mariya Vasilyevna Oktyabrskaya, the Russian wife of an officer in the Soviet Army during WWII. But when she learned...

Andrée de Jongh

Andrée de Jongh

The Comet Line was an underground French and Belgian Resistance network whose purpose was to help Allied airmen who had been shot down escape capture by the Germans. Andrée de Jongh, a 24-year-old Belgian woman, was the first leader of the Comet Line, which was the...

Władysław Bartoszewski

Władysław Bartoszewski

Persecuted by the nazis and communists, Władysław Bartoszewski nevertheless advocated for tolerance and decency. "Just try to be decent. Whether you were decent—that’s what will be remembered," he said in an interview later in his life. Bartoszewski was only 18 in...

“I’m Not A Hero”

“I’m Not A Hero”

These are words spoken by most heroes!  James Shaw, of Nashville, is no exception. Early in the morning of April 22, 2018, Shaw and a friend were about to have breakfast at a local cafe when a gunman entered the cafe.  Armed with an AR-15, the gunman began shooting...

Essential Workers: Heroes of 2020

Essential Workers: Heroes of 2020

Essential workers: first responders, healthcare workers, field workers, factory workers, soldiers, cab drivers, food service personnel, trades people, delivery drivers, utility workers, and many more who could not work from the safety of home. These people may not...

I am Malala

I am Malala

The daughter of a teacher who ran a girl's school in a village in Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai loved going to school. But by January 2008, when she was only 11 years old, the Taliban had become a powerful force in the region. They issued an edict forbidding girls from...