10,000 years ago or 10,000 seconds from now (about three hours) you can
still be the same, iron duke leader you are or want to be…
By Martin CJ Mongiello
You can look into the past for leadership at warrior heroes like Gilgamesh and Odysseus
to see brazen and bold, spinal fortitude. You can dream away of days gone by…or you
can engage in the modern world, of modern heroes, like Dick Marcinko and Michael
Murphy. Look em’ up. The question is and always has been, are you ready to die this
minute, today or tonight or right now?
WHY HEROISM IS IMPORTANT: The heroes’ willingness to die now, this minute, is
only for the brave and those who know exactly their place on earth and in immortality.
Such position is carefree with little value placed on what other humans think – for only
the fool would actually think that the great God could ever care about jackasses here.
Alternatively, what a jackass amassed in fortunes and kept all for himself, or the jackass
who spent 200k for a face-lift, new breasts, lipo and more. On the other hand, consider
the jackass who drives a Mercedes Benz and thinks that we care when he drives by – or
are impressed. Or, the Chancellor of the finest university making four million per annum
- while children four miles are starving, yet she is planning her next purchase of a
vacation home in Zurich. Is it good to be stupid? Aloof? Righteous in your defense
mechanisms? God does not care about your excuses or how important you think they
Heroism is important because it takes courage to be good.
Moreover, it is not easy to be good. In 10,000 years or seconds, nothing has changed.
How humans think – and how you allow others to change your thoughts are why heroism
is important. Until you get your own head on a swivel, straighten out your mind and get
down on your knees with your relationship and the Lord our God – you will be one of
those desirous of having a building named after you - while you are still alive. Just so
you can see the look of other humans faces as you go into the building – you jackass, you
weakling, you pussy. Why don’t you take the route of the hero and tell them you will not
allow them to name the building after you – you would be embarrassed to walk into it
with your friends, your colleagues, your friends. Why not wait until you are gone.
The hero takes the high road and the high ground. The hero knows it is good to be hard
on those finding it hard to be good. You think it is hard to let a kid play on a Wii for 14
hours a day, stay up until 3 am, and get up at two in the afternoon? That’s easy. Oh it’s
gonna be hard to become a hero with a Mom and Dad that let that go on. Heroes live
inside homes and huts, jungles and Gymboree’s. BE ONE. Do it TODAY.
WHO WILL NEVER BE A HERO: And then we have the special jackass who pays to
have a building named after them while they are young. Kiss it jackass. You are a
disgrace to those who know better. To those who have seen the white elephant.
Only the jackass dies a thousand times from a thousand cuts. A thousand occasions to
back down and take the money, take a payoff, take a promotion – just take the time to be
quiet and do not say anything.
GILGAMESH AND ODYSSEUS: Here were two ancient heroes who did not intend to
ever sell their soul for an envelope filled with dough passed underneath some bar table.
Neither would they try to run for the highest office and later be found out to have had an
affair with a woman - while their wife had cancer (filthy). Ancient and modern heroism
does not allow for that.
On tablet five of the great story about Gilgamesh, he enters the cedar forest fearfully (fear
is normal). As a true ancient warrior, he decides to use his fear to keep his edge. Despite
being threatened and insulted by Humbaba – the massive Ogre Guardian of the forest –
Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu get it on, and slay the beast. You do the same. The
hero dies only once on earth.
Many times you will encounter the BULLY, he or she is often loud and crude, crass and
rude. The key here is to face them down to strong and bold and they will die. Often they
then resort to a bribe in peace – realizing your power. Do not take it – for if you do you
will sell your soul as a coward. Odysseus knew this pattern also. Take note in Congress,
on campus and in your company – only Odysseus was strong enough to string the bow
and shoot it through a dozen axe heads winning what was rightfully his already – his own
wife. Will you be strong enough to not take the bribe, like Odysseus? He came into his
home and city dressed as a beggar even when offered to approach a different way – he
did not. Instead, he decided to compete in the bow and arrow competition just like all the
other man – emerging the hero!
THE CONCLUSION AND EVIDENCE: The jackass gave up reading this long ago –
seeing themselves written here. They got angry and threw it down. Test a person, give
them this, and ask later what they thought. Are you still reading? Gilgamesh, Odysseus,
and the two US Navy SEALS I mentioned laughed through it all, tore this paper up, and
ate it for lunch with mustard. They live to never sell themselves, sell their souls, or sell
out with a whimper. Their minds are razor sharp and in touch with why they are on earth
for such a short time. To help others takes the hero.
Ancient Heroism is knowing what to do right, never wondering exactly when to do it and
using all of the tools provided here on earth - to help others. Not help yourself. We
“help ourselves to the salad bar”, not to someone’s spouse, someone’s homework,
someone’s privately owned goods or someone’s life savings.
Modern heroes live to die – for in death is immortality with God. At the moments notice
or asking – the reply is always, “I am fully prepared my Lord – take me instantaneously”.
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