Noble… or Noblest?
I had a thought as I was scripting one of the major establishing issues of QWIXOTIC earlier this week. (It’ll be issue #2 so you won’t have to wait too long to know what I mean.)
Throughout history, during times of opression, dictatorships, fascism and other forms of people in power screwing over the li’l guy… there’s always been others who go the route of ‘I’m sick and tired and I’m not gonna’ take it anymore!’ They rebel, they decide to oppose what they think is wrong and do what they think is right, in whatever way they can, regardless of the consequences. Prime examples of this being: the Underground Railroad in North America, the small South Asian country of Bangladesh fighting for it’s independence in 1971, during which college students turned revolutionaries overnight, the Nazi Regime, etc– you get the point.
However, these are only the guys we hear of in History class, in a plethora of books recalling the stories of ‘heroes’ who acted heroically during a time of intense turmoil. What about the others? What about the people that decided to stay out of the way, keep their head down and focus on protecting their family and supporting them, regardless of the consequences? What of the unnamed and forgotten whose next generation, consider them just as much as heroes as the others?
My question to you is this: Who is nobler? The man who rises against wrong and commits to right it, despite the dangers to himself and his loved ones? Or the man who who choose to be nameless, in the background and focuses on protecting his loved ones despite the sacrifices to self? If similar events occured in this day and age, which route would you go? What would you consider to be the brave thing to do? The right thing to do? The Noble… thing to do…?
Posted on August 18, 2010, in Main Page and tagged 1971, bangladesh, dictatorships, fascism, heroes, heroic, history, nazi, north america, oppression, qwixotic, rebel, regime, revolutionary, south asia, underground railroad. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.