TELL me not, Sweet, I am unkind,
That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
To war and arms I fly.
True, a new mistress now I chase,
The first foe in the field;
And with a stronger faith embrace
A sword, a horse, a shield.
Yet this inconstancy is such
As thou too shalt adore;
I could not love thee, Dear, so much,
Loved I not Honour more.
Richard Lovelace. 1618–1658
[On a side note. I don’t care for poetry. It bores me except for a few poets. I do love Cavalier poetry. Like Dickinson and Kipling’s 100th man, it speaks to me.]
In Standing Stone the rift between Mac and Will came because the job and Mac’s ambitions to rise in the ranks of the FBI was more important than Will. Mac did anything to protect his job, including abandoning Will. In the book, years later, he wants Will back, but not at the cost of his job. As the story develops, Mac is faced with the choice again of what he is or what he wants. It’s a conflict that we all face in our lives and finding the course is not an easy one.
What would you fall on your sword for is a question that looks at honor, self and sacrifice. How far would you be willing to go for what you believe in?
I googled Honor and found this:
1. high respect; esteem.
[a person or thing that brings credit.]
When the hell did we forget what honor is? Or maybe we just have so little of it around these days, we forget.
Dr Samuel Johnson defined honour as having several senses, the first of which was “nobility of soul, magnanimity, and a scorn of meanness.”
Well, that rules out Congress, Big Business and most of Facebook. Congress hasn’t had a shred of it in decades. Big Business never had it. And Facebook? Have you seen what some people post on there? One worries about the condition of their psyche. All you see is nasty minded small spirited people who are jealous and hateful of the entire world. Their souls must be black with hate, greed, envy and petty jealousy. Makes your skin crawl to even read their pages. It use to be we knew enough to understand these people were mentally ill and needed help. Now? We consider that normal.
And wonder why kids are taking rifles into schools and shooting their classmates. Who is telling them to be honorable? Who is their role models? Expect them to act out as you think. Keep spewing hate and see what you get.
In the story Mac reaches resolution and acts out his decision taking the consequences of his behavior or “Falling on his sword.” The question was always one of love and honor.
Weaving the Threads
Draft a post with three parts, each unrelated to the other, but create a common thread between them by including the same item — an object, a symbol, a place — in each part.