I was just talking to my boyfriend about what people do and how they would be perceived at doing something. I think there is a world of difference between doing something for the sake of doing it because it makes one feel good, and doing something for the accolades and the recognition one earns on the way.
My aunt, for example, has been diligently teaching children from sections of society that do not have the means to get taught. She has never talked about it for the reason of getting applause. She teaches. Students learn. Simple. My writing about it here may gain her appreciation, but again, this is a by the way.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not dissing the fact that fame can be used for a cause and also that a cause can bring in fame, that’s all well and done, but sometimes, it’s not necessary for Superman to bring down a plane and save hundreds of lives, sometimes, sometimes, it’s nice when he picks up a cat stuck high up in a tree and bring it down to the scared, little girl waiting for it, under the tree. No camera. No applause. Just Superman being Superman.
As Gandalf says, “Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps because I am afraid, and he gives me courage.”
But apart from Bilbo’s journey, one of the heroes I shall always admire and respect is Samwise Gamgee. I think why should by now be understood.