By the time you would have read these ten words,
Some geologist who is working on remote canary islands where even cellphones do not work and you have to live in a tent, would have been busy collecting seismic data, just to ensure that he could some how predict when a dormant volcano could errupt that could cause a tsunami in the US & UK.
Some scientist at NASA would be working on a programme involving mining of metals & minerals on asteroids rather than on earth.Some person would be feeding,bathing & curing homeless people is some part of the world.I used some here not to emphaise on a group but rather than on an individual who we do not even know, he may not be a nobel prize winner or discovered a life saving drug or the richest man on the planet.
In his book "The Black Swan", Nassim Nicholas Taleb mentioned a very interesting fact, which has kept me wondering ever since I read that book. He mentioned that imagine the date a few months before 9/11 now imagine if someone in the homeland secuirty or any department made a law that all the cockpits of every airplane would have a locking system such that no one could enter inside without the pilot allowing them. Then maybe 9/11 could have been avoided, but that is not the point, the point is whether the person who made that law, would be recognized and rewarded? Because he stopped a wrong event from happening that nobody knew about.
Now imagine that date after 9/11, the people who were recognized and rewarded were the people who sprang into action post the event.
Thus, would it always be required for a wrong event to occur, so that heros could emerge? Or is that heros are present everywhere, just our definition needs to change?
The first question could be indeed most acceptable part and it does raises immense possibilites in terms of good-bad relationship. So if it is necessary for a wrong event to occur, so that heros can rise, then good and bad become complementary right, so if this is true then good & bad may not have different origins(in terms where did they came from). just so that we can see good the existance of bad had to be created. The classic dialogue by Joker "Oh Batman, who would you be without me!".
The second question bings to light the fact that there are more people doing heroic things or good things in this world that we think. Thus it gives a more optimistic view of the world, these unsung heros who maybe would never be noticed for the great efforts they are making towards making the world a better place are still continuing the good work without even being recognized for it. If you look at it this way then maybe your parents, one of your friend, neighbour, teacher or your collegue could be a hero for you and who know even you might even be a hero for someone, even if you do not value yourself as compared to a hero.
Like it is said, "It is just a matter of perspective"