The rebel who save the world.
It is often the lonely rebel who chooses individuality against conformity who later is the hero. How human society loves conformity, preferring every participant to follow the system, and how dare the individual diverge from the mechanical path!
The world can thank a rebel for saving it in the last years of the Cold War between Communist East and the “free” world of the West. No superman, just a civilian nobody who expressed the choice of individuality rather than follow the system his employers demanded of him.
1983 was a crisis year, Russia was paranoid about a preëmptive nuclear strike by the West, afraid in the face of claims of a new Western defensive shield called “Star Wars” claimed could knock out any missile launched against the West.
Stanislav Petrov was a civilian officer recruited at an early warning base in Russia, his duty was to watch for any attempt to launch missiles against the Russia by the West. 26 September 1983 the alarms went off, computers indicated multiple missile launches against Russia.
Petrov intuitively felt something was wrong with the computers, a computer malfunction perhaps, he went against his orders and did not report the “launch”. Petrov waited until the first missiles “landed” without incident until he reported what happened.
Had Petrov reported the missile launch Russia would have likely launched its own missiles, followed by the West launching theirs, starting World War 3.
His Russian superiors punished Petrov for his insubordination, only when Communism collapsed was Petrov recognised for potentially saving the world for his daring individuality.