The Sichuan earthquake

Abstract

This paper is about a little hero who saved his classmates during the Sichuan, China earthquake in 2008. His name is Lin Hao, who is a nine year-old little boy. During the Sichuan earthquake he showed braveness and talent. The media interviewed him regarding the earthquake's issue, why he was so self-composed and neglected his risk to save others. The only answer he gave is because he is the leader of the class, and it was his responsibility to rescue his classmates out of the ruins.

What is hero?

In everyone's heart there is a hero, everyone can list a lot of them. Maybe it is a person who saves people or maybe an animal who has got good spirit. There are many heroes near or far away from us. But what is a hero? It is hard to describe it. According to dictionary.com, "A man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities" (dictionary.com, 2002).

To me, a hero is a normal person who can show courage when faced with a problem. A hero is also a person who is able to help another in various ways. A person can become a hero by saving someone who is in danger. Another example of a hero is someone who is there to help others and gives them strength to go on through life difficulties. A hero could also be someone who gave up his or her life so another could live.

The Calamity starts

A hero is someone who has admirable qualities. All of us have a hero. To some, a hero might be a favorite actor, musician or president. To others, someone in their family, like a father or uncle. One of my heroes is Lin Hao. He was a second grade elementary school student who saved more than ten of his classmates out of the ruin, after the earthquake happened. Everyone may know him, because in the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, nine year-old Lin Hao and basketball star Yao Ming were the flag-bearers of the Chinese Delegation (Liu, 2008, p.1).

Before the great the ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the calamity is becoming. On May 12th 2008, there was an 8.0 earthquake in Sichuan province, China. Thousands of buildings collapsed while people were working and children were studying at school. Lin Hao was one of them. The people of Sichuan did not realize that was a strong earthquake coming. When they were sure that the buildings were shaking, it was too late to run away. Some people were dying; some of them were under the ruins and badly hurt. Their lives were in danger, because they were under the ruins without food and water.

The government immediately sent the army to Sichuan to save those people. Even though the road was broken; it was the only road that could be used to get to where the earthquake was. There is an old saying, which is, "Time is money," but here, time is life. Little Lin Hao was crushed under the ruins, but at this point, he showed maturity in his action, and that is hard to come by at his age. As a class leader, he organized for the classmates under the rubble to sing some Chinese folk songs. He also comforted some crying female classmates due to shock. After two hours of arduous struggle, the diminutive and flexible little Lin Hao climbed out of the ruins. At that point, dozens of Lin Hao's classmates were buried under the ruins. Nine year-old Lin Hao did not escape from the danger. He went back to help the other classmates to get out of the ruins. In the rescue process, little Lin Hao's head and upper body there are numerous injuries. In that time, Lin Hao had lost touch with his parents. Therefore, he was sent to a child care center.

Maybe people think that he just saved around ten people, but for a nine year-old child, he did a great job. Some reports asked him why he was so brave. He just said that, "because I am the leader of the class, it was my responsibility to rescue my classmates out of the ruins" (LH, 2010). As one can see, a hero is not defined by age or gender. To me, Lin Hao is a great hero!

Heroes' Value

In a ceremony, a member of the Political Bureau Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, Li Changchun says, "the heroic and touching deeds of these children have provided 'vivid' models for ethic education and values shaping in the country" (Mu, 2008, p.1).

In the Contemporary Heroes and Heroines As Ray (2006) comment that, "the kind of heroes or heroines needed and created today-the down-to earth, realistic role model that demonstrates how a person can develop all of his or her potential serves present day society well." They help us in clarifying the meaning of life and a social purpose. They assist us in making sense of the world and ourselves. The heroes of contemporary life serve more as role models and less as spiritual leaders.

A hero is just a normal person. Everybody can be a hero. At different ages our heroes change. When we are children, heroes were the people from fairy tales. As we grow to be young adults, our heroes become movie stars or athletes. When we become an adult, the meaning of a hero becomes clear. Our heroes become those people who we can get respect and look up to.

Conclusion

One act that most people would agree on that is heroic is risking one's life to save another. Heroes are seen everywhere and are kept in the hearts of those who admire them. People admire heroes for their characteristics and they are made into our model, maybe one day we will become heroes as well.

There are so many famous heroes are around the world. Whoever the heroes are, they all have a heart full of love. They are never thinking about the consequences, negative or positive, and their actions are not planned. Their courage helps them to make a difference.

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