Heroism is embracing failure. Risking or even ensuring your own failure for someone else’s good.

The anthropological conundrum is explored in the article “The Hidden Cost of Heroism” which looked at the Air Florida crash that occurred on this day in 1982…

  • Why would anyone put the lives of strangers ahead of his own? He couldn’t even see the faces of the people he was saving, because they were on the opposite side of the wreckage, yet he made a sacrifice for them that their best friends might have refused. The one man who knew for sure was at the bottom of the Potomac. The only other clue, it turned out, was twisted deep inside the male psyche. Heroism is one of the last remaining riddles of human behavior.”

As Skutnik recounts, “I believe it is a human instinct. I didn’t think about it, I just did it.”

Heroes embrace failure as strongly as society embraces its heroes.