Today, dear ones, I want to know: What would you die for? I know, that’s getting a little deep for a Tuesday afternoon but it’s been on my mind. I’ve been re-watching The Tudors and I’m currently on season two. Right now I’m at the part where Sir Thomas More decides he’d rather die than sign the Act of Succession. Now, by no means am I saying Sir Thomas is a role model; realizing The Tudors isn’t straightforward history, I looked him up and let’s just say he wasn’t the world’s nicest guy. He’s kind of the example of strong convictions taken to their logical extreme. (They have different religious beliefs than I do? BURN THEM!)
That said. There was a time when putting your signature on a document was a big effing deal. There was a time when you would rather face a painful, gruesome death than sign your name to something you didn’t believe in. Anyway, I certainly don’t wish we could go back to those times; I think part of the reason people have softened their convictions is because we have access to so much more knowledge and information now, and it’s harder to see things as black and white. Also, at least in the US, we are very, very rarely faced with having to actually make that life-or-death decision. This is, by and large, a good thing.
Still, I think it’s an interesting thought exercise, and I thought it would make a fascinating Lunchtime Poll for today. So: what do you think you would die for?