Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 4 weeks ago

You did not love your lives so much as to shrink from this calling. ---What does the sentence mean ? How to understand it literally ?


excerpt from : You raised your right hand. You swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and defend the American people. You chose to be a part of something larger than yourselves. You joined this all-volunteer military. And as the Good Book says: You did not love your lives so much as to shrink from this calling.

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  • 4 weeks ago
    Best Answer

    When it comes time to fight for something really important, you have to think of it as more important than your life.  This is why men sign up to join the military and go to war.  The objective to be accomplished by the war is so important to them that it's more important than their own lives. If they get killed, but the war is won, they would consider that a good trade, a victory.

    This phrase, I'm guessing, comes from The Bible.  Revelation, 12:11.  In my Bible (KJV) it's "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death."

    In other words, do you love your life so much that you wouldn't fight for something much more important--ETERNAL life?\\

    There's a very similar sentiment in Shakespeare's play Henry V, where Henry gives his troops a pep-talk before a big battle.  Basically he says 'Anyone who doesn't want to fight and die with us is a coward and we're better off without him!'

    That he which hath no stomach to this fight,Let him depart; his passport shall be made,And crowns for convoy put into his purse;We would not die in that man's companyThat fears his fellowship to die with us.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    It's said to encourage soldiers to go out and get killed. Good luck with that.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Who are you quoting from? We need context.

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