You Should Know Defeat, But Never Be Defeated

“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.

22 thoughts on “You Should Know Defeat, But Never Be Defeated

  1. I admire defeat.

    It is proof that every human is as vulnerable as everything else deemed precious.

    In truth, we are meant to cling onto them, because we only lose what we find to be precious. That which we love, or those we love, are lost to us, because they mattered.

    If we did not care about these precious things, or dreams or our loved ones, or whatever else, they’d vanish and we’d never take notice.

    Protection is the only thing that relates the truest to love, and in what or who we protect, we attempt to make an eternity with the precious.

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  2. I like you quoting Martin Luther King at the end of this writing.
    He also saw, “A Nation that continues year after year to spends more money of War than on programs of Social uplift is approaching Spiritual Death!”

    There is the story of Origin, one of the early Christian Martyrs who was so well liked, people around him urged him to deny Christ and accept Caesar as God to save his life. He was told the Whole World was against him in his belief. He replied ‘I am against the Whole World.”

    Taat’s not giving up in the face of Defeat!

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  3. Regardless of what the fight is or the dream, one is after, the battle is never lost. When we keep finding a way, taking that “one more proverbial” step – then we’ve won! We will always have won, when we keep fighting for dreams regardless of how insurmountable they may seem.

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  4. It can be difficult – surviving defeat. Yet, the fact that you survived is proof that there is still hope.

    It may be hard to see, it may be difficult to feel that hope… but we must keep convincing ourselves that there is still this small glimmer of hope.

    Keep moving forward, indeed.

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