The Ultimate Sacrifice

A number of people messaged me following my previous blog post asking what on earth I was talking about, and my apologies for not responding sooner.

I do not wish to dwell overly long upon this, but to briefly explain.

As cryptic as that post may have seemed, it really was a very simple point I was trying to make (as such, I suspect my friends who didn’t get it are idiots). Namely, most of us would be willing to give our lives for others. After all, human life is but a transient thing; irrespective of whether you believe in the afterlife or not, once it’s over, it is over. As such, to sacrifice our life for someone is, ultimately, not that difficult. It is done, and then that is all there is to it. Often, it is far easier than “living with the guilt” of doing otherwise.

What is more difficult, what is a far greater test, is to sacrifice our identity. To allow who we are, our name, our reputation, our very being, to be tarnished and destroyed for the remainder of our earthly presence (and indeed beyond). To take the fall for another’s ills, and have our very essence besmirched in the eyes of others  is something that lives on eternally. And this is not something that kills your physical presence, it kills who you are.

If we give up our physical existence, it ends, and we are thought of as a martyr. If we sacrifice our identity, however, then the stigma will always live on.

To give your life for a friend is easy. To say you were the one who committed heinous acts, and to be reviled for all eternity – that is what is hard.

There are many, many people for whom I would gladly take a bullet. To give up my name however? Maybe one.

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4 Responses to “The Ultimate Sacrifice”

  1. Will Wilson Says:

    There’s a damn good Isaac Asimov story about just this. Have you read it?

  2. Tim Andrews Says:

    No. Do tell.

  3. Ben Says:

    Ha. Ha. You’re a smart cookie Tim. Just don’t raise the subject on a first date.

  4. Jake the Muss Says:

    Is it that we are idiots or is it that you are an inarticulate hack?

    As for your substantive point, yes I think you are right and it is as I would expect.

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