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Subject: [Leica] Remembering the Reagan years
From: bdcolen at (B. D. Colen)
Date: Thu Jun 10 07:45:31 2004

Well I didn't quote Schiller, but I agree with you entirely in terms of
the overuse of the word. And if anyone doubts the overuse of the term,
explain how anyone who went to work in the WTC on the morning of 9/11
and died that day is a "hero." Tragic victim? Of course. But hero?

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
G. Michael Paine
Sent: Thursday, June 10, 2004 10:39 AM
To: Leica Users Group
Subject: Re: [Leica] Remembering the Reagan years

While I agree that this political talk really has no place on this 
group, in light of the flames and other political comments I must 
address the use of the word hero.

Is has become the most misused word in the English language.

A here is one who has performed, usually voluntarily, an act above and 
beyond the call of what ever duty he or she is obligated to do. Not 
just someone who is doing his/her duty. Every solder is not a hero, 
every fireman is not a hero, and so on.

And certainly by no stretch of the imagination was Reagan a hero.

So, let us put this word back where it belongs.

Michael Paine

On Jun 10, 2004, at 6:26 AM, B. D. Colen wrote:

> But they didn't, so history says Reagan is a hero.
Against stupidity the Gods themselves struggle in vain. /Schiller/

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