Lo! The Brave!

Currently, on my other site, mutinyreflections.wordpress.com I am confronted with the rather contentious subject of bravery. I am dealing with events of 165 years ago when people, though born with arms, legs and heads, appear not quite of this planet.
The question I find myself asking is does adversity make you brave? Or do you have to be brave to face adversity in the face? What made men stand so tall and look death squarely in the eye knowing that the next moments would decide if they would within seconds be a mutilated corpse or still breathing tomorrow?
In the texts I read, there is more often than not an overriding belief in God. A trust in faith that is practically alien to us now. So does bravery come from belief?
How would this bravery translate to our modern world and would it be accepted?
I read an article recently about a man touted as brave for saving a toddler who had somehow managed to climb out a window and found itself dangling some storeys up in the air on a little ledge. Being afraid of heights myself, I would not have wanted to venture out on the ledge, but ultimately I would have – but I would not consider myself brave. Saving a child from imminent death seems like a commonsense thing to do. It does not really have much to do with bravery. It is the right thing to do.
On the Titanic, men stayed behind, knowing they would die but in the belief, that their wives and loved ones would be rescued. Some tried to disguise themselves as women and were promptly put in their place, derided in those last desperate moments as cowards and scoundrels. I would hate to think what a modern Titanic would be like; aside from the obvious moments before death selfies
Can bravery be taught? Perhaps. Upbringing has a lot to do with how people react to certain situations and knowing with all your heart there is a world after this one is undoubtedly a comfort, an aid to facing whatever fate awaits you.
We need to draw a distinction between bravery and stupidity.
Stupidity is standing on the edge of a cliff, to see what is down below; bravery is pulling someone stupid back at your own peril. Bravery and courage come from the same place though are not necessarily the same thing. If you are afraid of dogs, it is brave to pet one, but it takes courage to take the blighter for a walk.
It took a certain amount of courage for me to stand up in front of an entire class and tell the nun who was armed with a rather worrying stick I thought her idea of idol worship was at best flawed, at worst seditious knowing the consequences would be sore hand for me and the class would have a rather good laugh at my expense. But it had to be said; she was after all, wrong. I was nine but I never forgot what she told me after, “Always speak your mind, no matter how big the stick is.”
I have since learned there are an awful lot of sticks in this world. Some of them are so big we can’t even ward them off, but we should all, in our own way, keep trying to break them.
I don’t think the Victorians I write about thought they were particularly brave. Many of them simply took everything in their stride; events could not be changed and they had to make the best of the worst situation imaginable. It is Captain Moore, with his broken collar bone, standing on a burning rampart, shouting at his men to give the enemy just one more volley and by Jove, do it for the ladies. Facing odds with no way out brought out the best in so many, it beggars belief why nowadays, it seems to bring out the worst in us. The not my problem crowd, the people who casually take pictures of people dying in the street instead of lending a hand. The Victorians would have been appalled by us, labelling us cowards, one and all. We are even too ashamed to write our own names on our words for fear someone might know who we are. But we can watch others stand naked on television in some foolish misconceived way of looking for “Love” and for some reason, that is considered brave. That is not bravery. It is vile and a massive lack of self-respect, a loss of dignity for millions to snigger at. We should be ashamed of ourselves that that is even allowed, no matter how late it is shown on television.
But our world is backwards. Stupidity is something to strive for and when you reach a certain level of it, it is considered glorious. For everything just ask Google because reading is just so tedious. There is a book, “The Mysterious Island” by Jules Verne. It actually left me feeling stupid, realising that some of the things Cyrus Harding and his companions could do were considered a matter of course when the book was written (work out the latitude and longitude of your desert island using the sun, stars, a watch and a stick, manufacture nitroglycerin, fly a balloon for 7000 miles, know which plants and creatures to eat without killing yourself, make a fire starter utilising the glass from 2 watches, build a canoe…) and even if they are fictitious characters who had a little help from Captain Nemo, it is frightening to think that most of could not even manage one of those things.
Knowledge is being thrown back into the Dark Ages when only priests and the powerful could read. We are so close to turning back into grovelling serfs, it is not even funny anymore. We cheer banning books and all because we are too stupid to realise that knowledge is where we still have power. And now, when it takes so much courage to hold onto the little we have left of ourselves, how much will it take in the future to be brave?

Cigarette Card, from the Victoria Cross Cigarette Cards by John Player Set of 25 Issued in 1914
The exploits of Mr. Kavanagh can be found at mutinyreflections.wordpress.com

5 thoughts on “Lo! The Brave!

  1. Very good overview and your point if well taken! Let’s face it we have more people on his planet today than any other period in human history but more of them percentage wise today are cowards and worse! Look at the slime that rules America presently and you or anyone can catch my drift!

    Something I just wrote as a comment elsewhere certainly holds true in this very presentation you make here! Let us spread the truth wide and far, if it will do any good remains to be seen!

    Offering a heads up is a right thing to do, but I know from solid experience that far too many don’t appreciate it or listen, even when handed or spoken directly to them! Because they are much more interested in playing the Social Media Game and locked into the “Ways of The World;” in a vortex of sin! Pride, ego, attention mongering or totally self-serving interests abound!

    No they cannot, as they watch the world going to hell in a hand basket; makes total sense I guess to people that don’t think right or have any principles! Ah people and their foibles!

    “All glory comes from daring to begin.” – William Shakespeare

    Hamlet’s soliloquy in its entirety.
    by William Shakespeare

    To be, or not to be? That is the question—

    Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer

    The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,

    Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,

    And, by opposing, end them? To die, to sleep—

    No more—and by a sleep to say we end

    The heartache and the thousand natural shocks

    That flesh is heir to—’tis a consummation

    Devoutly to be wished! To die, to sleep.

    To sleep, perchance to dream—ay, there’s the rub,

    For in that sleep of death what dreams may come

    When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,

    Must give us pause. There’s the respect

    That makes calamity of so long life.

    For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,

    Th’ oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,

    The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,

    The insolence of office, and the spurns

    That patient merit of th’ unworthy takes,

    When he himself might his quietus make

    With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear,

    To grunt and sweat under a weary life,

    But that the dread of something after death,

    The undiscovered country from whose bourn

    No traveler returns, puzzles the will

    And makes us rather bear those ills we have

    Than fly to others that we know not of?

    Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,

    And thus the native hue of resolution

    Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,

    And enterprises of great pitch and moment

    With this regard their currents turn awry,

    And lose the name of action. —Soft you now,

    The fair Ophelia! —Nymph, in thy orisons

    Be all my sins remembered.

    Why of course! Sounds realistic to me! LM


    1. The wisdom in Shakespeare is unfortunately lost on so many now. “Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And, by opposing, end them?” Yes, we should do, and we should never stop the fight. Changing one person’s mind is a victory for what is right, but too many stay on the side that is easy. Society prefers excuses to actual thought, and by that, they lose infinitely more than they gain. We are surrounded by false choices at every turn but most people don’t care as long it does cause any ripples in their world. However, a house of cards has never stood up to a storm and eventually everything comes crashing down – and the shock will hopefully wake up those who have been lulled into stupidity.
      Slime rules not just America, it is everywhere and those who stand their ground are either murdered in print or in reality. Recently the WEF held its annual circle of evil in Switzerland, something I will eventually write about when I have enough carbolic soap on hand to wash myself with afterwards. Those monsters in suits are touted as the best the world has to offer, the men with all the answers, I just get a sneaky feeling they are actually just demons in disguise, and when no one is looking they just take off their heads and slip into black robes. We want to know who runs us but when they are actually staring us in the face, we turn away and do nothing. The Great Reset is not a conspiracy theory it is an actual book written by the head villain himself, and so many people think, well he didn’t mean it like that. Robbing us of our courage, beating us down to the level of bacteria works best for them because they realise we are actually many, and they are oh so few… Uprising happens when everyone simply stops listening to these parasites.

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      1. Oh that is so true and people today are so lacking in actual important historical knowledge that produced so much wisdom for the ages Eva! We all should know today by the sheer availability of this knowledge and actual evidence that lives how it is so true that what we don’t learn from our past we are doomed to repeat it!

        Edmund Burke: “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”

        If most people would finally get off their sorry asses and read about the life of the Bard! Then they would begin to better understand the reason bravery, virtue and faith are of paramount importance for any civilization to survive! When I think of the trash TV or News that so many are glued to daily when not lost in the world of cyber fantasy, making their brains so much mush; I really get sad thinking how will this humanity survive when the future generations will be a bunch of failures and simpletons lost in cyber fantasy; little puppets on strings for the likes of Soros or Schwab to jerk around to their evil pleasures, the parasites owning the hosts!

        But, isn’t it fascinating to see how certain phrases can sustain centuries upon centuries? Nearly 500 years later, we’re still reading his plays and analyzing his poetry in school. So, why is Shakespeare called the Bard? Is it because he’s the greatest poet that’s ever lived?

        Unfortunately more people than not are more interested these days in instant gratification or have the attention span of a gnat so they ignore more than the past history and “don’t see the forest for the trees;” so here we are in a world getting more insane by the day! Think of kids bringing up kids, “where are the grownups” in the future to come is what I feel troubled about! A world where fantasy and confusion will reign supreme!

        I agree totally Eva, “but never give up the fight,” which is required, but now these days, instead most would and do “by and large” take the lazy or easiest path, the one of least resistance and allow things to go to pot in the process! That was just what Karl Marx and Satan who made a pact together were counting on future generations doing, and lo and behold they now fall right into that spider’s web!

        Vladimir Lenin (in the early 1920s):

        “First we will take Eastern Europe, then the masses of Asia. We will encircle the last bastion of capitalism, the United States of America. We will not need to fight. It will fall as a ripe fruit into our hands.”

        And, “We must practice coexistence with other nations, until we are strong enough to take over by means of world revolution… We are not pacifists. Conflict is inevitable. Great political questio-ns can be solved only through violence…. It is inconceivable that Communism and capitalism can exist side by side. Inevitably one must perish.”


        Absolutely spot-on here; “a house of cards has never stood up to a storm and eventually everything comes crashing down.” And that is what is happening globally because as I understand it like the old adage everyone in positions of authority and then even most of the masses have been “passing the buck” and not “taking a stand for what is right,” proper and necessary! Too busy with pronoun usage and being politically correct and such idiocy when the world is crumbling away beneath their own feet! Liberals are their own worst enemy and now the worlds too!

        And the issue is now, far too many; have been “lulled into stupidity.”

        “WEF held its annual circle of evil in Switzerland, something I will eventually write about when I have enough carbolic soap on hand to wash myself with afterwards.” Yes Eva this I’m also interested in so many blessings to you and your earnest efforts moving forward!

        Sorry to be graphic but this poor soul and good man, a martyr, had the balls to take a stand and it cost him his life! While the majority of people waste time on the internet like a bunch of morons and think they are cool or doing something so fancy pants and special, oh wow, I’m so impressed with stupid people that are in love with themselves!!! Not!




        “Those monsters in suits are touted as the best the world has to offer, the men with all the answers, I just get a sneaky feeling they are actually just demons in disguise, and when no one is looking they just take off their heads and slip into black robes.”

        Yes that is what they are; and more proof of this reality is coming, I know next year will be a banner year for major truth being revealed and just one indicator of that is a monumental presentation of epic proportions will hit the public eye as it were, so perhaps this big awakening is just around the curve up the road!

        This is what God wants to avenge and before the final chapter can come it does behoove mankind to take this stand!

        “Uprising happens when everyone simply stops listening to these parasites.”

        I pray enough good people with “moxie and heart” wake up and show the parasites how few they really are, and how they for a change will be crushed like bugs! Amen.

        God bless you and yours!



  2. There’s been a handful of times I’ve been in life/death situations. Though nothing like combat. I’ve found in some ways those are easier than the gruelling monotony and familiar uncertainty of Globalism. I’d not call that bravery though. More of a reliance on fight or flight instinct.

    I maintain it’s why so many are increasingly obsessed with Eschatological themes. I promise I won’t bury you in spam, but here’s a link:

    Doomsday Fetish

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  3. Fight or flight can see a man through the best and the worst times. It is an aspect of humans which we have not shaken off from our most primaeval times though unfortunately, society today seems to stuck in “deer in the headlights” mode; a little too long for my liking. Thank you for the link, it is a very absorbing read, I am still going through it, second time through, your words should resonate with man more, me thinks.


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