“People should know when they are conquered.
Would you, Quintus? Would I?” – Gladiator
There are many things you can do to another person. You can defeat them, time and time again, you can conquer them, control them, inflict pain upon them. But you can never destroy them. Not entirely. They tend to hold on to that last remaining piece of their humanity, not matter how broken their hearts are, and they don’t want to let go.
People don’t know when they’re being conquered. They just can’t accept a definitive defeat.
And, yet, in a world where so few have what it takes to be brave, in a world where few are capable of recognizing courage, there are a lot of people who’d like to avoid fighting any battles at all. They stare at the mountain and they say to themselves that there’s no point in trying to climb to the top. They avoid conflict at any cost.
We like to believe that we are born into this world to be judged by others. Our freedom is limited by what we believe to be the perception others have about us. It seems, at times, that the world is trying its best to conquer our feelings and emotions, to turn us into what it wants us to be. And we give up on so many dreams, aspirations, and ideals because of that. It’s the easiest thing to do; we call them compromises.
Of course, there are always consequences to our actions. And we do need to think about those. We’re also social creatures, so we need to try to fit in.
But, ultimately, you should at least be aware that the choice is yours.
I’ve always believed that people should fight for their right to at least try to create the life they think they deserve. They should at least pursue their dreams. Don’t give up without a fight. Don’t live a life filled with regrets over the things you didn’t do.
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
This is what courage is all about: the ability to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Even when you’ve lost all hope, even when you’re sure of your impending defeat, you still keep going. Why? Because you can’t accept it, because you know, deep down, that a man can never be destroyed. He can only destroy himself, once he’s given up the fight.