With all these comic book movies dominating the box office and pop culture, anyone not yet matured could quickly assume that being a hero means possessing supernatural abilities and resorting to violence to solve problems. To you it may not sound like much, but considering how life imitates art and vice versa, this could be seen as a definite contributor to the rise of violence in our nation, and the feel of not being good enough because you don’t have “superpowers.”
This is why the story of Desmond Doss is a lifesaver: his story shows us all what it really takes to be a hero. No more of that supernatural powers to inflict damage nonsense, this real life hero is an average guy with nothing too special about him, and won’t even dream of firing a bullet for any reason. Yet despite not having any weapon of protection on the war field, he still saved many lives through his love and commitment to his service.
More people, particularly those with autism, need to understand the value Doss’s story offers to the well-being of the 21st century. He proves to every man, woman, and soldier that you don’t have to resort to violence to be a hero, but rather that being a hero is all about helping people and saving lives. Those on the autism spectrum need to understand how good, strong heroism starts with who they’re lead to look at as role models.