I think I have come up with a decent litmus test for how to determine if someone merely is a hero to you, or whether you worship them. This is preliminary, but I think it is suggestive. Here’s the scenario:
After a performance/speech, the performer/speaker removes his or her shirt and throws it into the audience.
If it’s just a hero, the audience let’s it fall to the ground and it gets swept into the trash when everyone leaves.
If it’s an idol, the crowd shrieks like 12 year olds at a Justin Bieber concert and they begin fighting over it like a herd of starving Tasmanian Devils.
What do you think? Does that sound about right?