‘God gives the signal for battle, and I, too, rush to the attack, trembling. Whether I become a deserter or fight valiantly, I know that I shall always fall in battle. But on the first occasion, my death will be sterile, for except for my body, my soul will also be lost and scattered in the wind.
On the second occasion, I will descend onto the earth like a fruit filled with seed. And my breath, leaving my body to rot, will bring forth new bodies and continue the battle.’
“Fight out of things and flesh, out of hunger, out of fear, out of virtue and sin, struggle continually to create God.”
These quotes are from the book ‘Salvatores Dei’ (The Saviors of God ) by Kazantzakis.
I chose them because these words reflect life in all its manifestations.
“In the battles of life, it is our choice whether we will be brave or cowardly. We do not ask if we will win or be defeated. We fight.
As a coward, you will die every day. Fear will find you everywhere. During the day, during the night, on your way to shelter. Ugliness will find its way into your environment, your workplace and even your family.
As a brave man, should you die, it will be for once. If you survive, you will be full of light. If you die, you will illuminate the others around you.”
I chose this excerpt because I believe that this is the value of Life, of Will and Death.
I chose this excerpt because I believe that if we embrace some thoughts from the greatest Greek philosopher and adjust it accordingly in our minds, our lives, our work, then all those who play the role of the Bully will simply seem small, cowardly and sterile.