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I just posed a question asking if anyone knew a person who possessed uncommon valor. Please look at the answer Doug Doug gave.

>>>>>No one personally that I can think of, but I just read about that Amish girl who asked to be shot first.<<<<<

I find it astonishing that such a young child could possess such courage. We could all learn much from her. So my question is....

If that had been you in a similar situation, could you have shown the courage this little girl had?? In what circumstance would you be able to willingly lay down your life??

Understand that this question is hypothetical.

Update:

theozz.....but you would be amazed at what I learn.

Update 2:

Lisa Y...I wasn't looking for any particular answer. Just a glimpse inside the hearts and minds of all who answered.

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  • Skippy
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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    Wow, very impressive little girl, isn't she? I probably would have just crapped my pants, honestly.

    I honestly don't know in what circumstance I could be this brave. I'd like to think I could be a hero, but who knows. I hope that if anyone in my family or my wife was in danger, I would fight for her tooth and nail.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is amazing that such a young child could have such a noble spirit.

    I have rarely encountered a hero. On the contrary, both in what I have experienced and what I have read about, the rule seems to be the person who does not want to (or does not have the time to) become involved.

    One person that I found to be quite inspirational was Dick Raedke. A former minor league baseball player who was stricken with MS. His wife had divorced him and his daughter lived far away from him. I cared for him in his home. He could only move his head and the index finger of one hand which he used to type with (using a wooden collar to keep the finger stiff). He made beautiful renditions using Photo Shop and made stock trades. Whenever I took care of him he always made jokes. He had a bad bed sore on his back and when the visiting physician came to cauterize it. I was surprised that he did not use anesthetics. Dick said that he could not feel anything. He said he would be happy to feel even pain. It amazed me the spirit that Dick had to go through each day because it was such a struggle. He never complained. He just did what needed to be done. Since knowing him, I have appreciated things a lot more.

    Dying quickly can be a spur of the moment decision in a perilous situation. I think it takes much more valor to live each day and face the struggles and obstacles that life presents and to do so without being crabby, cranky or critical.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I too, believe we could all learn from this little girl. We could learn from the Amish people as a whole. They teach love and forgiveness. Being a parent myself, I could not imagine hearing that my child had been shot and killed at school. I'm sure I would be filled with hatred and bitterness. None the less, the Amish community has already forgiven the man that took their children from them.

    We would all like to say what we would do in such a situation.... but truthfully, we can not answer that question. We can say what we wish we would do, or what we think we would do, but we really don't know what we would do until we are actually in the situation.

    I would like to say that I think I would stand up and say take me first, but I don't know that I would. That may make me selfish, but I am trying to be honest here.

    I can say, without a doubt, if it were between my life and the lives of my children or my grandchildren, I would gladly give myself to let them live.

    This may not be the answer you were looking for, but it's an honest one.

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  • TR
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    First the act of that Lil girl was courageous. I do not know that i would have done the same. I would not have asked to be shot, but i probably would have tried to go after him, and been shot in the process. If i was going to die anyway no matter what the situation then i would rather die fighting, you can't just give up. If someone wants to kill you then you might as well try to stop them before cuz any chance you may live is better then just letting it happen. Look at 9-11, why did only one planes passengers fight back. what makes some of us cower in times of struggle and some of us come back fighting. i don't know. but if ever i am in a situation like those i hope i am one of the few who fight.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Ok, I originally gave a very smart-aleck and pithy answer to the first question. Now I'll get serious.

    In such stressful times, you don't know how you would react--period. You can hope and wish that you would act correctly and bravely if you so wish to, but speaking from experience, I KNOW that people under stress will act differently and even contrary to bravado or contrary to timidness.

    I'm a Vietnam Vet who was in the now-defunct Americal Division, and I've seen timid soldiers act bravely and loud-mouths cower back. I've witnessed a myriad of characters and personalities come out. Good 2nd Lts. and bad O-3s, good sarges and bad (though mostly good!).

    Fortuantely, I was not a coward and I'm my own hero!

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  • mike g
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    One of the Spiritual gifts God has blesed me with is martyrdom. I believe all who are called to be police oficers, fire fighters, soldiers etc. probably possess this gift as well. It is not a desire to die or be harmed but a desire to protect the life of any/all others and/or the stength to prove ones convictions/beliefs.

    Trust me we martyrs do what we do in fear and trembling and never for our own fame but because we truly believe what we did/are doing is the right thing.

    Not everyone is called to be marytr so I find no fault with those who can not imagine doing such a thing.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I could only hope to possess even half her courage. I know I would, without a doubt, do the same in a situation like that if it involved my own children, but what she did is probably beyond most of us.

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  • Smiley
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    I would hope that I would have the courage to offer up my life to save others. I also hope that I am never tested in this matter.

    I would willingly lay down my life for my children, but because I have children and they have no one else but me, I would hesitate to lay down my life for anyone else - though I think if I thought I would live, I would take very serious risks to save others.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I think most of us would give up our lives for a loved one. I am pretty sure I would risk my own life to save that of a child. For example, throwing a child out of the way of a car, but getting hit myself. I feel that most people are this way; somehow instinct makes us move into action to save someone from harm. This is why there are always plenty of stories of heroism to be told. One of the best examples is the attack of the world trade center.

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  • 1 decade ago

    assuming I am here for the return of Christ I expect and am willing to die for His Name.

    Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

    Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

    Rev 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.

    Source(s): KJV via e-sword o:)NA
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