Sacrifice and Heroism


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Sacrifice and Heroism
Pat Tillman exhibited a primary quality of heroism: sacrifice. His story is made all the more relevant in an era of extreme wealth generation in professional sports, often characterized by megalomaniac athletes with hedonistic values. Tillman remains a shining example of sacrifice in sharp contrast to the aforementioned description of professional athletes. Krakauer argued that society asks soldiers "to leave their loved ones, to travel great distances, to risk injury, even to be prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice of their lives" (142). Tillman sacrificed a multi-million dollar career which would have given him at a minimum perhaps enough money to retire. He did so because he believed in the cause of freedom and...
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.....t Gandhi had seemingly capitulated so much to Muslim platforms. Yet, his ideals remain a lesson for humanity for years to come.
Tillman is somewhat like the character ‘Max’ from the film The Road Warrior. In this film, Max, played by Mel Gibson, ultimately volunteers to drive a decoy truck to draw away a vicious gang from a small post-apocalyptic community. Max ends up bloodied and broken for his efforts, but in the end, the community is able to survive. In the film, Max simply fades into the distance and the audience is left wondering what became of his fate. Tillman has an unknown fate as well, perhaps resting with his Creator.
Works Cited
Krakauer, Jon. Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman.
New York: Anchor Books, 2010. Print.