MYTH OF MARTYRDOM
The concept of Martyrdom is a notion based on the belief that violence is a parasite inextricably embedded
in the human experience...

It is a club to which few would chose to 'belong'  yet, the frequency  to which it occurs seems often confused
as evidence suggesting a 'higher' principle has been served....

Though not readily apparent, it then becomes presumed that there must surely be some positive role filled
when to great people death arrives by willful violent means... everything happens for a reason...Right?
How would our world differ from present appearance if our revered leaders holding influence through channels of
noble spirit, were allowed the right of a life lived in full? In vain are the desperate pleas made through the ripples of
time and events already past...  A plea… short, precise, and crafted specifically for two noble souls..."please...stay
inside tonight". This should work you would think... but then again, both would argue this ‘would be no way to live’.
On earth, in the present-day... Who are the individuals to whom the term 'martyr' we await
the opportunity to apply? Is not the term required to remain in limbo while awaiting the
verdict of history? At some level there is broad consensus relative to who would qualify if
only given the opportunity to experience a violent death...

It is as if a strange alteration is applied to the notion of 'self-fulfilling prophecy' as we
suffer vicariously through the loss of an incarnated symbol of virtue.  Yet, the loss is
perceived somehow equating to 'good' presumably for reasons other then those
understood (or the fact it was not one's own life lost/sacrificed).
Throughout history the world has suffered devastating consequences when to good
people the title "Martyr" has been ascribed- an elite club to which we somehow seem to
presume there are those  who are just 'dyin' to get into'. Of the more prominent would
certainly be Rev. King and President Lincoln- two individuals lost at a time so critical in
the development of the causes they personified. To realize we have never recovered-
is to only partially comprehend immensity of the losses...these losses should not have
occurred!

There has never been anything positive associated with the premature death of- 'good' and/or 'great'- people...
or, any person for that matter.
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martyrdom myth

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It is as if a strange alteration is applied to the notion of 'self-fulfilling prophecy' as we suffer vicariously through the loss of an incarnated symbol of virtue. Yet, the loss is perceived somehow equating to 'good' presumably for reasons other then those understood (or the fact it was not one's own life lost/sacrificed)