Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Cowards Die a Thousand Deaths

William Shakespeare in Julius Ceasar Act 2 Scene 2 where Ceasar said,

"Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once."
Now, I am not a Shakespearean expert or indeed reader of his works. I first came across these words in a slightly changed form at the end of one of the old Magnificent 7 movies, and it made me think. There are times in life that we have to stand up to a person, situation or group of people. It could be a very frightening time, but if we were to back off and not stand up, our lives could be made miserable.

For example, imagine that you are faced with a bully. Bullies thrive on control and the feeling of power and when someone gives in to them the more they bully and are likely to increase the intensity of their bad behaviour. What though about the people who make a stand? Well, as Shakespeare wrote they might physically die, but at least they fought, and a failure to do so would have resulted in them effectively dying many times over as the bully repeated their sick actions over and over again.

Please don't assume that if your life is threatened, it's better to fight and not run! There might be a time when bravery could be stupidity and getting away from the situation is the best course of action.

Creating fear is a weapon of choice for many who are themselves weak in some way. Bullies are usually in some way inept. This could be that kid at school or your boss at work. When these bullies are faced with someone who is resolute and firmly and assertively says no, will usually back down. To give in will inevitably mean you have to go through more grief over and over again.

There is a good principle in William Shakespeare's words and they resonated with me many years ago when I watched that old western movie and have come in very useful on a number of occasions.

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