Would you rather be a hero or martyr?

This has been a week of National holidays here in Uganda. On Sunday 3rd June, we celebrated Uganda Martyrs Day and today we are celebrating Heroes Day.

Out of curiosity, I tried to find the difference between the two words. Hero or Martyr? Here are few answers I found.

1. A hero takes charge and leads people to victory. A martyr loses his life in defense of his beliefs.

2. The term martyr (Greek μάρτυς martys “witness”) is most commonly used today to describe an individual who sacrifices their life (or personal freedom) in order to further a cause or belief for many. Hero (male) and heroine (female) came to refer to characters (fictional or historical) that, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self-sacrifice – that is, heroism – for some greater good, originally of martial courage or excellence but extended to more general moral excellence.
Stories of heroism may serve as moral examples

3. A hero is the one who does something rather extraordinary or outstanding to achieve a noble cause, like saving people’s life. A martyr is the one who pays the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of the noble cause.

4. A martyr can be a hero, but a hero not necessary is a martyr. For example Constantine XI was a hero and a martyr but Augustus was a hero, he didn’t die for a cause.

Happy Heroes Day



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