There are things more important than your own life is that all people will be affected by the causes you are willing to die for. There was once a young man, and his mother, who were visiting New York City. As they traveled by subway, a gang of men climbed on board. This throng of men approached the mother and began to harass her. The young man, who quickly realized the intentions, separated his mother from the crowd. He was all that stood between the group of men and his mother. As they attempted to move him away, he stood firm.
Facing the crowd with defiance his eyes glanced a small reflection, but before he could react he was stabbed. Bleeding to death, he remained vigilant in his protection of his mother, but couldn’t save his own life. News of this boys heroic quickly spread throughout the nation, and an amazing thing began to happen. Teenagers and parents met on equal ground, and the understanding that there was a mutual love towards one another blossomed. The boy’s death stood for much more than just his life, or his mother’s.
His death signified a cease fire, a treaty of sorts between generations. His sacrifice was that bridge that spanned the gap between the mother and son that had been formed. With a single teenage boys thoughtful act of giving, he had changed the minds, and ideas of many around the nation. He had sealed his cause with his blood, in the same way that Martin Luther King Jr. , John Proctor, and Abraham Lincoln had. When a person is willing to give away his life for the ideals that he stands for, they make a deep and lasting impression on all who here his story.
Finally the last justification that there are things more important than your life is that others will be saved by the sacrifice of one’s own life. Joseph Smith and Jesus Christ were both “men” who became legendary for the price that they paid. Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) believed in the faith that he had restored to the earth. A mob of men would often come into Smith’s home, late at night and drag him into the streets. Hot tar, and feathers were poured on a man still fighting the drowsiness that occurs to all.
His children were killed, his family was persecuted, and his life was continually threatened. Even with all of the recurring tragedies that befell upon him and his home, Smith would not denounce his faith. His greatest allies and friends left the church, but they also would not deny the church. As the persecutions grew, Smith realized that it would come down to a great sacrifice. Smith could either denounce his faith and live to be a ripe old man, or he could sacrifice his life in order to keep, what he believed, the true gospel on earth. Smith was murder in Carthage Jail on June 27, 1844, remaining firm to his beliefs.
Today nearly 11 million people share Smith’s ideals. Jesus Christ, according to the bible, was the son of god. He walked the earth as a mortal to give men the opportunity to live with god again. Soon the Pharisees began to develop a hate for this man who declared the sacred temple as “his house. ” Much money was being lost due to this man, and they decided to stop it. As the Pharisees called for his crucifixion, Pontius Pilot questioned the rationale in killing a seemingly innocent person. The cries grew louder, and justice could not be served. Jesus was crucified on a cross, an innocent man.
He would not denounce his beliefs, and he paid for his beliefs with his life. Christianity was born, and today nearly ? of the world shares in its beliefs. Both Joseph Smith, and Jesus Christ realized that in order to give men the opportunity to choose what they believe, they life must be sacrificed. In the Book of Mormon, one of the standard religious books that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints uses along with the Bible, a prophet named Helaman explains to his sons why they have the names they were given.
“Behold I have given unto you the names of our first parents…. nd this I have done that when you remember your names ye may remember them; and when ye remember them ye may remember their works; and when ye remember their works ye may know how that it is said, and also written, they were good. ” These forefathers would not know the impact that the sacrifices that they had made in for their beliefs would transcend generations. As long as the cause that they had worked for survived, their names would live on forever. John Proctor’s choice to honor his values, even above his own life allowed many people who followed him to make their own decisions regarding their lives.
His sacrifice gave men the right to protect their names, and honor, and often their lives. Proctor would not see the benefits of his choice, but his family, his friends, and generations of people throughout the world now can thank this great man. His life was precious and dear, but without the values upon which your life was predicated, is there any longer a reason to live? Proctor didn’t think so, and neither did many other men and women who gave away their lives for freedom. Live your life so when the time comes you would be happy to give it away for an ideal that you truly believe.