With workaday pursuits like bus driving, hospital cleaning, picking up garbage, and delivering pizzas being hailed as heroic, is the idea of heroism losing its cache?
If Wikipedia is to be believed, a hero is one who, “in the face of danger, combats adversity through feats of ingenuity, courage, or strength…” and in the current atmosphere, perhaps the mundane is now elevated, but there’s another kind of courage, strength, and ingenuity of purpose not less heroic, if less easily defined.
Kathy Kelly is a long-time peace and justice activist, essayist, author, and recipient of numerous awards for her peace service, including multiple nominations for the Nobel Peace prize.
She is a founder of Voices in the Wilderness and Voices for Creative Nonviolence, co-authored the book, ‘Prisoners on Purpose: a Peacemakers Guide to Jails and Prison,’ and wrote, ‘Other Lands Have Dreams: from Baghdad to Pekin Prison.’ Her recent article, ‘He’s Got Eight Numbers, Just Like Everybody Else’ chronicles the struggle of Father Steven Kelly, entering his third year of imprisonment in America for resisting the relentless progress towards the ultimate holocaust, nuclear anihilation.
Kathy Kelly and Fr. Steve Kelly, a hero not just like everybody else