Heroes and Cowards

by Cameron Schaefer on December 27, 2007

Soldier’s CrossI watched the incredible movie “300″ tonight and was reminded of the age-old truth that the few must always secure freedom for the many. The line that separates a coward from a hero is thin, yet of the utmost significance. The free man who decides to fight under his own volition for the ideals he holds dear and for the continued freedom of himself, his family and friends will always fight longer, harder and more successfully than the slave man, who has never tasted freedom and fights for someone else’s cause or ambitions. Some people say that we should never go to war, that peace should be had no matter the cost…these people are cowards. It’s a failure of virtue, and I would even say morality, to abandon freedom for the sake of peace. John Stuart Mill, the English economist and philosopher, said it best, a quote I hold very dear:

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

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Brian Reese December 28, 2007 at 9:59 pm

Hi Cam,

Nice post. Quick question: How is The Black Swan? I saw it in the airport today and almost bought it, but wanted to wait and talk to someone else.

Cameron Schaefer December 28, 2007 at 10:11 pm

For the most part a great book, a few slow sections, but one of those books that challenges the way you think. Basically points out or weaknesses as humans in dealing with randomness. Makes a mockery of the so-called “experts” on programs like CNBC predicting markets, trends, etc. Here’s a link to my review of it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/review/R266NLGX04VLMS/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

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