A single moment in time changes the course of history. Just one moment can define a generation. One moment is the difference between saving life or taking life.
In physics the word moment describes the amount of force used to bend or twist a structural element like a steel beam. Moment describes the point of bending just before crystallization and shearing occur. It is the moment in time that the structural element has failed. The events in Ukraine deliver such a moment for the entire world.
Hero describes the person that through an act of courage or sheer is willing to sacrifice themselves for the good of others. We think of someone running into a burning building to save people or other death defying act for the common good.
Today we need heroes. The world needs people whose act or action goes beyond the norm of their humanity. I ask- How will heroism be defined?
Protests are being staged in Germany and Canada to counteract the Ultra Nationalist aggression against Ukrainian people in South-East. They are standing up for the right of all people-everywhere-across the world. They are standing up for people the entire world wants to kill. Are they heroes?
The 1930's fascist philosopher Julius Evola redefined heroism as the act itself, which according to his definition could be infinitely evil; that didn't change its heroic status. Instead heroism was centered on "the act" that went beyond human imagination- giving no thought to consequence.
other path is to harden the self through heroic action. Any acute
stress can transform the daemon of the hero into an immortal body of
light. Athletics can do this. So can the shock of death. In any case,
the adept must be absolutely indifferent to the consequences of his
actions.- After the Third Age Eschatological Elements of Postwar
International Fascism , John Reilly-Presented at the Seventh Annual
Conference of the Center for Millennial Studies Boston University,
November 2 to 4, 2002
indifference to consequence means that the act of heroism can have
positive or negative results.
In the 1930's Evola's philosophy was favored by the German SS shock troops. It is the act of heroism defined this way that demanded the ability to walk up to another human being ignore their humanity, their age, or their pleas for mercy. The more brutal the act of killing when defined according to Evola; the more heroic the action is. Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs is modeled thi way
I don't know if OUN (Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists) studied Julius Evola. He was favored by their Nazi commanders. I do know they perfected the thought and the act beyond their German masters .
" ...The barbaric frenzy reached a point that people were sawed apart alive, women had their breasts severed; others were impaled or beaten to death with sticks. Many people were killed -- after a death sentence -- by having their hands and feet chopped off, and only then their heads." -Ewa Siemaszko The July 1943 genocidal operations of the OUN-UPA in Volhynia
picture from the massacre at Babi Yar shows both sides of heroism.
Against everything she knows this woman tried to hold and cover this child in an act of love.
Bandera| Heroes of the American Christian Right