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08/26/07

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Blog Your Blessings Sundays: What The Cowardly Lion Wanted, I Think We All Have...

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Welcome me to the year 2006!

The Three-Hundred

We all sat down and watched 300 last night... Zack Snyder's take on Frank Miller's graphic novel and more-than-a-little fictionalized account of the Spartan and Persian battle at Thermopylae that happened in 480 B.C.

Not to take down Miller's version, but it wasn't quite as... um... "unique" as he makes it...

Still, a very small group of Spartans (who were a "warrior race") and a handful of others, through a good choice in location and battle planning, did indeed hold back the cream of the Persian invading force and countless other regiments and parties.

It's also true that they knew if they completely fell, so would Greece.

Leonidas, the Spartan king with three-hundred soldiers (and 900 servants) did take the brunt of the fight... and they did ALL lay down their lives in the battle which, in a rare situation of "joint historianism" more-or-less reads the same from the chroniclers on both sides of the conflict.

The Spartans never gave up... they never surrendered... they never retreated...

Some of the "lines" of the movie were taken from ancient history... such as a Persian soldier telling a Spartan that their arrows would fill the sky and "blot out the Sun"... the Spartan DID reply So much the better, we shall fight in the shade.

Xerxes, the head/king/God of the Persians DID call on Leonidas to surrender his arms... to which Leonidas did reply, Μολὼν Λαβέ (Come and get them.)

The Spartans and their army (mostly made up of Thespians... not actors, but men from the Greek city in Boeotia,) did end up losing... and Leonidas did end up dying... but their courage was sung about and Greece finally started battling the Persians as a country, not a collection of city-states... all based on the selfless glory and courage of, really, three-hundred.

I started thinking, after the movie, about all the times I'd heard of acts of bravery... standing defiantly for a cause or belief in the face of absolute power or fear.

That bravery could be Leonidas and three-hundred Spartans... or a single man standing in front of a tank in Tieneman Square... or a fire-fighter who braves the flames to rescue a child... or a kid learning to finally do without the training wheels and learn to ride a bike...

Courage comes in many, many forms... and all are awe inspiring.

Lately, I've read where people see courage in acts of terror... or when they see a protester in a mask... I disagree.

To show "courage", one must stand up... be counted... be seen and identified... not hide... for to show absolute courage is to show one's truest form and allow people to see the person who is showing that courage... that stand for what is right or what must come.

My blessing today is courage.

I'd like to say I display courage often... but sadly, the best I can say is that I try to.

When faced with fear... or a challenge... I try to stand and be counted... and I think of the people I mentioned in this post... the Spartans... the person who stood in front of that tank... the firefighter... the kid learning to balance...

The cop, the soldier, the emergency nurse and doctor... hopefully all of us.

At some point, we need to reach into our very souls... dig deep and find that Spartan within us... who will never surrender... never back up... never quit.

That's courage.

...and what better blessing could we all have as people then, even if it's only occasionally, to tap into that bit inside of us... be it large and obvious... or small and necessary.

We all have it... and I hope we all can count on it... our courage.

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Comment from: SandyCarlson [Visitor] Email · http://slchome.blogspot.com
Thanks for explaining the movie! It must be tough to know your history and watch these things. That biz about "so much the better; we'll fight in the shade" will stay with me, to be sure. Great attitude!

I agree with you that courage an anonymity don't have anything to do with each other. So it's interesting that the military takes away individuality from its members as part of training, and that civilians work so hard to recreate it to better understand and value the courage of soldiers.

Thanks for a great post. Happy BYB Sunday.
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Comment from: Admin [Member] Email · http://www.doubledeckerbuses.org/
Hey SandyCarlson... I actually do understand with the military... You need a military group to operate almost as if it's a single consciousness... one "unit" as opposed to hundreds of individuals. A soldier still maintains his or her individuality, but knows to "shut it off" when in uniform or on parade. The hope is that valour will be a "universal" with the unit as opposed to a handful of stand-outs. The key to success on the field is to ensure that every person is not only on the same page, but will protect the person next to them as if that person was literally a part of themselves... but also understand that if this act is impossible, they should then protect the next person. History has repeatedly shown us that thousands of "individuals" can be beaten in battle by dozens if the dozens act as a proper unit.

There is still valour within that unit and perhaps moreso within a few individuals within the whole... but mores the better if it's acting as one brave body of people.

Thanks for the comment! Off to read your blessing!
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Comment from: CyberCelt [Visitor] Email · http://advertising-for-success.blogspot.com
Well said! I like to think I stand up. Of course, there are many who are shouting at me, "Down in front!" LOL

As Bob Marley said, "Get Up! Stand up! Stand up for your Rights! Get Up! Stand up! Don't give up the fight."
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Comment from: ONIT [Visitor] Email · http://incoherent-ish.blogspot.com
So .. but.. wait.. NO! You're telling me.. you can't mean.. that movies aren't entirely accurate?! NOOOOoooooooooo! Say it ain't so!!

I can stand up for myself if I have to.. if I get pushed far enough.. but mostly I hate confrontation, so I wuss out.
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Comment from: NeoBluePanther [Visitor] Email · http://lifeamongotherthings.blogspot.com
Great Post once again!

and courage is something that we all must have and use when ever we are called upon to. I like to think too that I have enough of it, but just like you, I can only say that till now I have only tried.
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