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Network television can be silly, stupid, entertaining, and even inspiring, but only rarely does it portray true heroism. As the latest episode of Hawaii Five-O opens, a drill sergeant (Terry O’Quinn) berates young Navy SEAL candidate Freddie Hart (Alan Ritchson), saying “you are two steps below plant life, boy!” Undaunted, the young man recites the philosophy of the Navy SEALs, “If knocked down, I will get back up every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission.” When Freddie goes to ring the bell, giving up SEALs training, his... continue reading