And if you stay healthy and eat right and never smoke or drink or do drugs, in fact never battle anything at all, then what are you? Can you be a hero if you survived a root canal, or a kidney stone, or narcolepsy? (People do die from that, you know.) What about hip surgery? Or does it have to be worse, like you have to be raped and survive that, or be held hostage and survive that? A battered wife can be a hero, so how about a battered husband? Is he also a hero? And how do they stack up against all the military heroes who fought in actual wars defending our country? Are there levels of heroism?