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[…] crowd) are very supportive, and generally "impressed." This is something which has been written about in Tales from the Hood before, but this feeling makes me a bit uncomfortable: I don't feel like I'm a saint or really all that […]
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[…] More often than not, real aid workers are antiheroes. And so I fear that by setting us up as heroes communicates an incorrect message about what we are capable of doing, whether individually or collectively. To describe us as heroic sets inappropriate expectations of what we and our organizations and industry can realistically accomplish. To call us heroes, or to suggest that we should be, sets unrealistic and in my opinion inappropriate expectations around who we are or should be in our …. […]