Let’s dissect the appeal of Han Solo, a beloved figure in the pop culture cosmos. Dwell for a moment on our world, a stage divided into stark realms of light and dark, good and evil, heroes and villains. Yet Han Solo, that captivating rogue, sidesteps these rigid divisions. He thrives in the grey, in the unchartered, the unassigned.

But the crux of Solo’s appeal isn’t solely tied to his devil-may-care charm or his resistance to being easily categorized. What cements my admiration for him—what draws many of us towards him—is his capacity for courage, particularly in moments when the stakes are highest. This isn’t about his prowess as a pilot or his quick-draw blaster skills. When push comes to shove, Solo reveals himself as the steadfast friend, one guided by a profound sense of loyalty. His love for his comrades steers his decisions, even if that means charging headfirst into peril.

His bravery isn’t dictated by heroics, but by love—a trait both intriguing and endearing. That’s why I—and perhaps many of you—love Han Solo.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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