Strange Thoughts  

rm_Kingcat4U2 64M
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8/15/2006 6:42 pm

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8/22/2006 2:50 am

Strange Thoughts


Now, I'll be the first to admit that I'm not your prototypical guy. Most guys probably have thoughts or daydreams about a hot chick they just saw, buying a '57 Chevy and fixing it up or maybe, what's for dinner tonight. Not me.
Today I'm thinking about...

What was going through King Leonidas' head
when he found out that the Spartan Council decided to send him and 300 Spartans to defend
the pass at Thermopylae? Was he pissed off,
knowing he was going to a certain death? Did he wish the other king was going instead of him
(Sparta had a dual kingship)? Or was he looking forward to kicking some Persian butt?

How did he feel about the 300 Spartans that he was leading into battle? Were they the best of the best, the best available, or the 300 most expendable? Did he view this, in his mind, as
a high honor, a necessary duty, or just the luck of the draw?

I guess I'll never know, since Leonidas didn't leave any records and the Spartans as a whole weren't a very talkative bunch. The only
clue I have is quote I remember. When one of the Spartans was told that the Persians were so numerous that their arrows would blot out the sun, his reply was "Good. Then we'll fight in the shade."

And why I thought about this, I have no idea.
I haven't read any Greek history in years. Can't even think what I saw, read or heard that would trigger that thought. But I do know this. Those 300 Spartans changed history with their sacrifice, giving the Greek city states time to prepare for their victory over the Persians at Marathon. Preserved Greek civilization, which is one of the foundations of western civilization.

So, Leonidas, King of Sparta, dead these 2,500 years, yet you are still remembered. No idea what you accomplished, or it's importance.
I imagine, in a way, it is that way with us all.
We make sacrifices, small and great, to achieve some purpose, often never knowing what fruit that sacrifice will bear. But we must have the faith that it will bear fruit, even though we may never see it or enjoy all of it's benefits.

Here's hoping that you get to enjoy the fruit of your struggles, and that it is sweet indeed!

cougarprey4play 40M

8/20/2006 7:51 pm

Interesting - not typical, of course but also not over the top which is good.

Not something I would think about myself, though I can bring up the strangest conversations with people.


rm_Kingcat4U2 64M
2799 posts
8/21/2006 2:07 am

    Quoting cougarprey4play:
    Interesting - not typical, of course but also not over the top which is good.

    Not something I would think about myself, though I can bring up the strangest conversations with people.
I'm even better live!


twirly_girl 47F

8/21/2006 9:24 pm

You have a fascinating brain, King.


-Nikki


rm_Kingcat4U2 64M
2799 posts
8/22/2006 2:50 am

    Quoting twirly_girl:
    You have a fascinating brain, King.

Yes, now if only I
could get a few more
lucid thoughts!


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