One common thing about most heroes and heroines is that they’re hardly recognized and well appreciated while around. It is when they are gone that people really think highly of them. I’ve seen and read about many great leaders such as Socrates, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Revd Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr., Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo, Pa Adekunle Ajasin who were never really appreciated while alive. They were frustrated by fellow citizens, evil forces and oppositions. It is quite ironical to learn that the same mouth who spoke bad of these great men while alive began to sing songs of praises about them once they died.
Even Jesus Christ, the son of God was never trusted by the majority when he was still on earth. He was unappreciated, all his preachings, sermons and miracle works tarnished by the Pharisee priests who controlled the mind of worshippers then. In Luke 17:15, Christ healed 10 lepers but only one came back to give thanks! What does that speak of the other nine’s appreciation?!
Therefore, anyone who wishes to be great should not expect appreciation or much recognition from people because when people begin to praise you much, pride may set in and you will be doomed!
While Martin Luther King Jnr was still fighting the freedom struggle, several dynamites were thrown at his house, all in the bid to assassinate him with his family but he was mostly away from home, so he escaped earlier death. If the attempts had been successful, he would have been gone even earlier than he did. Different kinds of intimidation & harassment took place just to make him lose hope. Even Gandhi had to starve for weeks just to have his own people & followers accept the people of lower castes (the untouchables), as their own indian brothers and sisters!
Benazir Bhutto was killed 27th December , 2007 by a bomb planted by her fellow country men. This was one of the most powerful and charismatic leaders Pakistan has ever had, yet they assassinated her. Although they weep not now, but very soon and in the very near future, they will beg to have such a state-woman, even for a day in their midst! The originator of Afrobeat, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, has succinctly put it as ‘’shuffering and shmiling’’, that is, when people laugh in the midst of sorrow when actually they should begin to cry!
A good distinction must be made of these two terms. It is very easy to achieve recognition so far one does something worthwhile and respectful, but it isn’t as easy to be well appreciated. It is always very evident that some people are heroes and heroines, men just don’t treat them as such until they’re gone.