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…?


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Posted on August 18, 2010, in Main Page and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Aah Nobility, thou art a fickle word with a fickle theme. I just wanted to add on and say that, what some people see as noble, heroic and selfless, others see as being the epitome of selfishness. This topic is an interesting one, as a few days ago I came across a discussion on patriotism and whether one can be considered patriotic if they have never lived in the country they claim themselves to be patriotic to. On both counts I think these words or rather ideals, have changed and expanded with time. What would I do if I was in a situation as those mentioned above? Honestly I do not know, that’s something that can be determined only by the time and the situation. I think being noble is to stand up and protect if not fight for the principles you value…but that’s just my opinion.

  2. It’s all a matter of perspective and priorities. If your priority is taking care of your own, then regardless of the world crumbling around you in utter despair, nothing can tear you away from those you deem as being the most in need of you.

    At the same time, if you approach the world in a larger, grander scheme perspective… then those very same priorities might compell you to rise up and be a part of the bigger picture to invoke a rippling change that will benefit your own, along with others as well.

    All a matter of perspective and your ideals I think.

  3. eltransportista

    Some might say that the answer to the question you pose borders on the infringement of ethics. It can leave behind a reeking halitosis of questionable doubt, as many answers to our questions do. Once the answer is known, it can never be taken back, it’s already out there. My answer does indeed mirror the above symptoms because it involves insurrection, the few rising up to meet the many. If those few were joined by other clusters of resistance, they would transform from vagrant caterpillars and worker bees, into a Guerilla voiced movement. While many would challenge the paternity or maternity of this statement, it is the only way to affect change. To only talk about it, never acting upon it, renders it an inconvenient truth, it becomes a statistic, and finally a text book entry, known only in theory. Perhaps an ex vice president will champion more talk of resistance, if we’re lucky maybe another filmed documentary… For those that choose to remain in the background silent, your position should also be respected and is, since both sides do it out of love. The revolutionary has great love of family and Humanity, as does the domestic figure, of that I’m certain, and of this also: both sides at some point will wonder “whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles.” Funny how something written somewhere between 1599-1602 is still applicable and very real today.

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