The best? Yes.
Science fiction stories, in print or on film, have the advantage of presenting a look at the human race from a non-human point of view. One of my favorite sf films is Starman. The acting by Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen is really good. He was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe and won a Saturn Award for his performance.
Back to the point: Toward the end Bridges' character, the human vessel for the alien visitor says that what he has learned about us is that "you are at your very best when things are worst."
Many individuals at Ground Zero in NYC, and at The Pentagon, and the four passengers of Flight 93 demonstrated their very best.
Our country, too, demonstrated the very best we could be, if only for a little while. Now we are, to quote from Independence Day, "separated by our petty differences..."
In the comic strip B.C. by Mastroianni and Hart this morning was presented what I felt was an outstanding quote: "Heroism is courage despite consequence".
For other quotes on heroism, go here: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/heroism.html
And here: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/heroism
That's it for today. Remember--you can be a hero to someone, and it won't even require risk...just sacrifice.