“The Saintly Dubricius, Archbishop of the City of the Legions, climbed to the top of a hill and cried out in a loud voice: ‘You who have been marked with the cross of the Christian faith, be mindful of the loyalty you owe to your father land and to your fellow countrymen! If they are slaughtered as a result of this treacherous behavior by the pagans, they will be an everlasting reproach to you, unless in the meanwhile you do your utmost to defend them! Fight for your fatherland, and if you are killed suffer death willingly for your country’s sake. That in itself is victory and a cleansing of the soul. Whoever suffers death for the sake of his brothers offers himself as a living sacrifice to God and follows with firm footsteps behind Christ himself, who did not disdain to lay down His life for His brothers. It follows that if anyone of you shall suffer death in this war, that death shall be to him as a penance and an absolution for all his sins, given always that he goes to meet it unflinchingly.” (216)
Background: King Arthur goes to war with the Saxons on his own soil and, before the onslaught, the Archbishop gives the following speech to Arthur’s brave and loyal warriors.
Thought: The words spoken before the battle demonstrate that good soldiers should not fear dying when defending their homeland. It is an honorable, noble, and right to defend oneself and homeland. The Saxons were burning towns and killing innocents. In these dire circumstances, one takes the commandment ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’ to the cupboard, or, at the least, looks at it with a grain of salt. The warrior was given complete absolution for defending his homeland and fighting honorably. It is clear that in self defense we must rise to the occasion. I can think of two cases in more modern history connect with this.
- The Iraq War: The people had a right to defend their homeland from invasion. They also have a right to religious freedom and a right to practice religious worship and uphold their own cultural values. It is never really right to invade another land.
- The Civil War: Most of the Southern soldiers were poor farmers who lived in an agrarian society that was getting subsumed by greedy folks making advances through industry and slave-wage labour. The southern people were largely good christian Americans who just wanted to defend their homeland from invasion by the Northern forces. Some of them were probably racist but not all of them. These men lived simple, agrarian lives and worked with their hands. They were hardworking and really were the substance of American culture. Yet, they were and still are severely stigmatized because of slavery. What one can easily discover through the annals of history was that slavery was controlled by a small portion of rich people who were .001 percent of the southern population. Blaming the entire southern people for slavery is like blaming modern, middle class American’s for what the rich tech billionaires like Zuckerberg and and Jobs do with technology. They make up .001 percent of the population and have all the power. I’m sure there will be a day they do something stupid, and will all America be blamed for it? Besides, history proves that many of the northerners dealt foully and unjustly with the south. They were tyrannical and harsh oppressors to their American brothers. Union General Roger Sherman, much like the Saxon’s in Britain, went through the whole southern belt spewing out flames like a dragon and raising cities to the ground. Like a deranged Hun, he pillaged and killed innocents and burned cities in the south. If you wish to learn more about this i’m sure you can find plenty of sources on the web to tell you more. I am very glad to know that the injustice of slavery was ended, even if the cost was as great as dividing the nation for all eternity. Yet, I have something to say about industry, which was the beginning of a new evil after the end of slavery. The end of agrarian life in America was the beginning of industry. Industry kills love. It kills religion. It kills Nature. It kills people, putting them in the machine. It ruined culture. It turned billions into slaves. In fact, freeing the slaves was a very good thing. But no one mentions that, at the same time the slaves were getting freed, millions of immigrants were becoming enslaved by the industrial age through slave-wage labour which was just as bad as slavery. These were largely European folks that couldn’t afford anything. Read Rebecca Harding Davis “Life in the Iron Mill” if you want to know about it. The point is that bad things were going on in the North that were arguably just as bad as slavery, and yet nobody talks about it or mentions it. In a “post industrial society” we are really still in an industrial society it is just that the people making the things are overseas. All the products we buy are produced by slaves. I don’t get why people talk about slavery as something from the past as they shampoo their hair manufactured in China. They have nets in those factories, around the windows, to catch the people trying to commit suicide because they can’t bare living in servitude anymore. This happens in China regularly. Today, we have two kinds of slaves: Slaves who make things and slaves to the things that are made. Both are dissatisfied…
Intention: Do I seek the truth in all things? Do I follow popular culture and custom rather than thinking for myself? Do I believe in the right to defend myself and homeland against oppressors?
“If you see oppression of the poor, and justice and righteousness trampled in a country, do not be astounded.” King Solomon
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” Robert Kennedy