So you want to know why I stopped being a "hero." Sure, I'll tell you. I never kept it a secret, it was just that nobody wanted to hear what I had to say.
It isn't like in comic books, being a hero. There's generally no villain involved. Usually what you rescue people from is the results of their own decisions. Eventually they stop seeing you as a rescuer and start seeing you as a reminder of their flaws and shortcomings. Nobody likes that.
They could stop doing what I rescued them from, but that means accepting that they are wrong, and how many people do that? It's much more comfortable to blame me, to accuse me of some nonspecific transgression.
So I stopped. Of course they then pilloried me for not "doing my job." Not that any of them ever considered paying me for keeping them safe, let alone for reminding them of how contemptible they are. People don't want heroes because heroes expose people's flaws, if only by com