Heroism lies in the fact that despite knowing that they will be defeated, some still do their best risking everything they have.

Games of Thrones is one of my favorite series. Perhaps second only to Vikings. I think it is ridiculous to simply define it as a fantasy. I think it's more realistic than the official history. Not the plot and the events, the surface, but the mode that is the substance. I think the story has developed more on the impulses and lust of power, perfectly represented in Games of Thrones, than on great ideals or even just "big plans".

We could say the story comes more from the “belly” than from the rational part of the mind. I do not think that those powerful people and the politicians were better than the powerful people and politicians of today. If you think that today, they are moved by great ideals or great designs, do not waste your time and stop reading this post.

The engine of human history is mostly the domain of dominance and control plus some more animal instincts like sex. But I believe (I hope), humanity is not just this. I do not know how or why, but sometimes in some people, more often in others, there are “aha” moments in which they are moved by higher ideals and those who act on these are heroes as they are mostly destined to defeat. Heroism lies in the fact that despite knowing that they will be defeated, some still do their best risking everything they have. Beyond human beings, as Nietzsche has called them, that despite being aware of the hopeless poverty in which humans wander, they do not lose their minds and do their best. These few are the redemption of humanity. Among all the characters of Games of Thrones, there is one that I find particularly interesting and fascinating: Arya Stark. I see in her all the qualities I would like our Silent Warrior Training to enhance. That is, the ability to disappear, to live on the edge, to play with a thousand faces (and thus to be "no one"), to be able to suffer and to enjoy suffering, but at the same time, when the moment requires it, to act with force, determination and total absence of piety.




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