To set the cause above renown,
To love the game above the prize,
To honor, while you strike him down,
The foe that comes with fearless eyes;
To count the life of battle good
And dear the land that gave you birth,
And dearer yet the brotherhood
That binds the brave of all the earth.
–Sir Henry Newbolt (1862-1938)
Who is the warrior whose heart would not jump at first reading of these words? Who is the warrior who is so uncultured, so unrefined as to miss the greatness, the nobility of such sentiments? And yet, in such modern times as ours, such sentiments remain but such — just sentiments.
Not principles, values, morals, etc. But sentiments.
For we live in a world and an age of expediency, of convenience. And such sentiments, if they be taken as guiding principles for one’s life, will serve but to bog down the modern human erectus. And so, we have a lack, a very serious lack, of heroes, everyday heroes, in this day and age.
Not only the heroes that give their all in one supreme act of courage, but the heroes that daily exhibit and live by an ordinary (yet extraordinary) courage required by the hum-drum of daily life. Heroes that stay, that stand, that don’t run away from their life.