Ok, before we start discussing the bad and good sides of hero worshipping, patriotism and why people do such things.
There's a few ground rules:
-No talking about if a certain war is justified (You're more than welcome to start a thread about this subject if you're inclined to.)
-No blind hatred, if you want to voice your opinion, do so with style, not with severe hostility.
So the reason this thread was made is this:
The question that basically popped out is, why do people worship soldiers and certain other jobs too, like the paramedic, or the firefighter or the police officer?
After all, they are all just jobs? Some more dangerous than the other perhaps, but normal jobs nevertheless.
Perhaps the glorification comes from the fact it's a service to society?
Although some might debate this fact due to personal opinions.
During my time as a volunteer firefighter I've noticed hero worshipping myself, it can range from free food to people just blindly staring at you.
The other side of the spectrum is also there of course, people not understanding why you'd do a job like that: They will never understand it's to help people.
But the previous thread boiled down to a lot of blind hatred towards soldiers, not understanding why you'd do that job, to assuming everyone in the military is a murderer. (Whilst I do not deny that you're basically taught how to kill if you're in the infantry, there's a difference between murder, and protecting someone, be it a civilian, or the soldier next to you.)
Part of the worship comes from because they're prepared to "fight" for the people in your country, whilst not every nation is really at risk any more like on the scale of WW2 depending on where you live, it's still an integral part of your own safety.
And perhaps the most beautiful part of the job, you can go out and help someone in a place where red cross members can only dream about because it's too dangerous, perhaps that is a form of heroism?
Being prepared to go somewhere and risk your own life to save someone else.
But what strikes me sometimes that if let's say.. a civilian rescues someone from a car wreck (bit of an off-topic tip here, don't ever do that, too dangerous for the victim if an untrained person tries to "save" you) he's a hero, same thing will be said about firefighters, but not with the soldier, because it'll be his/her job.
But they'll have pulled the exact same stunt saving someone else's live, a better example would be:
If someone steps on a landmine, and another soldier risks his own life to drag the person (dead or alive? doesn't matter) out of the minefield, that's a heroic action, just as heroic as helping out at the car accident or something simple as helping an old person across the street.
So what I'm curious towards, what is the thing that defines someone as a hero to you specifically?
And what do you think about hero worshipping in general?
And to close my tale:
"Nobody asks to be a hero, it just sometimes turns out that way."