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Make heroes less necessary

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Dear David,

We've all grown up with role models and people we've
admired for their courage, achievements, or noble
qualities. As children we've all had our heroes.
We tend to admire someone who gives of themselves for
the greater good of others. People like Alan Turing
come to mind. He was treated appallingly, even given
chemical castration because of his homosexuality yet
his work shortened the war and saved millions of lives.

Then there's Fred Hollows - whose work saved so many
eyesights and the Fred Hollows Foundation still continues
to do that today.

Then there's Dr Al Munjed Muderis who this year was named
in NSW - Australian of The Year. He was born in Iraq and
fled following an incident in which he refused to
mutilate the ears of army deserters under the orders of
Saddam Hussein. He came to Australia by boat and was
kept in the Curtin Detention Centre.
He ended up eventaully completing his
studies and today he has developed a technique
that provides amputees with good mobility and reduced
discomfort.

He works tirelessly to help amputees and refugees. He is a
patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre - providing personal
and practical support for people seeking asylum in Australia.

I'm sure there are many more - but these three to me are
outstanding people.
Posted by Foxy, Saturday, 17 October 2020 3:04:14 PM
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To David F- I agree with the sentiments you have expressed in this thread about heroes. "Ambulance Chasers". Sun Tzu said that the great general isn't well known- he isn't often at the head of the army- it doesn't take a keen eye to see the moon- a word to the wise is enough.
Posted by Canem Malum, Saturday, 17 October 2020 3:15:00 PM
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Hi Foxy,

Yes, my daughter was talking about Fred Hollows today. I visited his grave in Bourke in mid-1993. What a wonderful man:

https://www.hollows.org/au/donate

Then there's Gemma Sisia (northern NSW), at St Jude's School, in Arusha, Tanzania, which started on 2002 and now enrols nearly 2,000, and achieves national prizes:

https://www.schoolofstjude.org/

And there was another hero, Catherine Hamlin, who worked in Ethiopia for more than sixty years, doing amazing work in restoring the lives of women damaged in childbirth:

https://hamlin.org.au/

Sometimes heroism is a long-term thing, not just a flash of courage.

Joe
Posted by loudmouth2, Saturday, 17 October 2020 3:19:19 PM
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runner,

Greta T is not an expert on AGW.

She is just a teenager who can put 2 and 2 together to see the obvious.

runner you have two eyes to see with but you are blind to what is taking shape.

Use your faculties by getting out and studying the world you live in. But then the problem with that is you wouldn't be capable of doing the hard work required of higher learning and you would be kicked out of the university because of your weird ideas on how the world works.
Posted by Mr Opinion, Saturday, 17 October 2020 3:26:51 PM
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Dear Joe,

Thank you for mentioning Dr Catherine Hamlin.

She restored the health and dignity to over 60,000
women. She gave her life to the eradication of fistula.
She and her husband co-founded the Addis Ababa Fistula
Hospital and she dedicated her life towards helping
others. Her work continues to this day.

An amazing lady.
Posted by Foxy, Saturday, 17 October 2020 3:33:08 PM
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'gap year'
Loudmouth2,
Why not start calling it National Service year so they can get used to it ?
Posted by individual, Saturday, 17 October 2020 3:56:58 PM
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