Currently, I am watching the TV series entitled The Tudors telling the story of England during the reign of Henry VIII. He was made Supreme Head of the Church of England which was contrary to the ideology of his loyal servant Thomas More based on obedience to the Holy Church, a universal representative of the Catholic faith. If More had taken an oath to the king he would not have been executed. He preferred not to save his body at the expense of his soul even though he had a big family who would have loved and respected him in any case. So I would like to know your opinion, my dear italki friends, on whether or not people care so much for their soul in present times. To put it in the context of our reality, would you make sacrifices for your ideas and would you stand by or defend what you consider truthful?
Thank you in advance.
I always consider what Pastor Martin Luther King, Jr. said.
"When I say to you; 'Don't even be afraid, you know what I really mean?'
For I submit to you tonight, that no man is free, if he fears death;
but the minute that you conquer the fear of death, at that moment, you're free.
You must say somehow;
'I don't have much money. I don't have much education.
I may not be able to read and write; but I have the capacity to die!'
And I say to all, ...the man that will not die for something, is not fit to live."
----from a sermon by Pastor Martin Luther King, who succeeded Pastor Vernon Johns at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, in the Televised movie,
"THE VERNON JOHNS STORY" (available on DVD)
That indicated, what one is willing to be martyred for, should be a worthy cause, and not just some personal circumstance. The cause, must be larger than one's self.
Regarding Thomas Moore, there is a DVD for the 1966 movie which tells of his struggle with the King. "A Man for All Seasons" 1966.
It can be helpful also, regarding conflicts between the English Kings and the Church, to watch "Becket" 1964 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057877/?ref_=nv_sr_2
It enacts the conflict between the King Henry II and the Archbishop of Canterbury who was appointed to office by King Henry. Thomas A Becket begged the King not to appoint him. After he did,
Becket discovered his love of God and therein lies the drama about his subsequent martyrdom.
I think sacrifice is something very rare, no matter if it stands for the past or present. To do this, one needs both courage and something to believe in with all his/her heart. I'm not sure if inner thoughts and beliefs were stronger before. If it's true, then I suppose that it's technology that makes us less human in someway. Nevertheless, if there are still people that would die for a certain thing, maybe it would be more for love, which affects people more easily, than for any theory about the solar system. (that would be absurd, though, nowadays, but I'm just giving an example:D). Or for religion. Religion still has the power to deeply influence people.