Aurora Victim Jonathan Blunk Remembered as Hero Who May Have Tried to Stop Shooter

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  1. Richard Aubrey says:

    Some guys run toward the sound of the guns. In the marrow, I guess.
    Can you call Blunk a hero without guilting those who didn’t do such things?

  2. Can you call Blunk a hero without guilting those who didn’t do such things?

    Of course you can. Sounds as if you’re invoking some kind of false dichotomy in which people can be only a hero or a coward. You can be plenty of things in between.

  3. Richard Aubrey says:

    It’s not me making a dichotomy. See the editors’ post “When you guilt men….”
    Seems as if there’s a problem with making a big deal of a guy who tried, dying in the attempt, to save others. If you do, by extension or implication, there’s something or other less than thatwhich you say about those who didn’t.
    Sort of an “oops”, one that should have been anticipated, imo.

  4. I didn’t continue the discussion on the “When you guilt men….”, but I certainly believe that applauding someone for going above and beyond can be done without guilting those who didn’t do so. If everyone was a hero the word is useless. A hero is someone who does something beyond what is expected from them, beyond what is the norm.

    Now saying/implying that so-and-so should’ve tried to perform an heroic act (as in above and beyond) when they did not is guilting in my view and it really serves no god purpose. As an example I think that sense criticism of the police who seemed more concerned with directing traffic on the mainland at Utøya is fair game (they had standing instructions to immediately intervene even in sharp situations if lives were at risk, but were ordered to secure the area and wait) while criticism of young people who ran away from the perpetrator over dead and wounded bodies while ignoring cries for help is not.
    Telling stories of those who did help others, wounded or not, to hide or to swim towards the mainland and calling those heroic acts I have no problem with.

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