Return once again to your hero profiles. Take a very close look
at their heroic acts. What did these actors have to know to do what
they did? Where did they learn how to do these things? What kind
of training, if any, did they receive? How did they prepare themselves?
Would greater knowledge and skill have enabled them to be more effective?
The latter question is particularly important in heroic action
that leads to the death of the actor. In some cases, a person takes
a risk and loses. For example, a young man willingly volunteers
to donate one of his kidneys to his brother who has none. Although
the risks of the operation were very low, there were risks, and
the man making the donation dies from complications. Was his act
foolish or reckless? No, I would not say it was either. He made
the choice knowing there were risks. He was not misinformed. This
is quite different from Corey Anderson
who went out in a snowstorm to find his dog. Corey had considerable
courage and a huge amount of love for his dog. I believe any objective
person would agree that he should never have gone out in the blizzard.
He was too overcome with worry (emotional highjacking) and did not
understand the real risks of his choice. There were other alternatives
he should have considered and selected.