I'm sure you've heard the adage - that no matter how good you are, there's always someone out there who's faster, stronger, and better than you. Do you agree with that?
I've found it to be generally true with one exception.
A few years ago....the year 1600, to be exact, there was a samurai roaming the lands of Japan, named Miyamoto Musashi.
He had just participated in the epic Battle of Sekigahara, where the warlord, Tokugawa Ieyasu, emerged victorious to claim the title of Shogun, united all the lands of Japan.
As a successful leader, the new Shogun firmly established a dynasty that ushered a period of peace in Japan that lasted 250 years.
While peace was a boon for the common folk, it presented a unique problem for the warriors of the time.
With no more wars or battles, there was no way to attain glory, honor, or prove your worth to your lord.
In order to test their skills, certain samurai and sword masters reverted to public duels. The duels were often fought to the death and provided an outlet for warriors to test and validate their skills, obtain honor, social standing.
After Musashi, had engaged and wiped out after the local talent, he began roaming the Japanese countryside, seeking swordsmen of renown to challenge for a duel.
On January 7, 2016, Officer Jason Harnett, with the Philadelphia Police Department, came under fire as he sat in his patrol car. According to reports, the attacker, Edward Archer, emptied 13 rounds into Harnett's vehicle, hitting the officer three times.
Initially, Harnett spotted Archer from the corner of his eye, advancing on him with a gun. The attack happened so fast, Harnett had only a split second to react.
During the trial, Harnett testified that his first instinct was to take cover. However, due to his size and the equipment mounted inside the vehicle, Harnett had little room to maneuver.
As Archer fired into the vehicle, three rounds ripped into Harnett's left arm. Trapped inside his squad car, Harnett had only one option left. He had to mount a counter-attack - and fast!
With his left arm hanging lifeless at his side, Harnett managed to open the door slightly with his right hand, kicking it fully open with his left foot. He then scrambled free from the car, drew his gun with his right hand and opened fire as Archer fled the scene.
Do you feel like the America you live in now is different than the one you grew up with? Keep that question in your thoughts as you continue reading.
The story of the Barritus comes from the 4th century AD. Unlike the early Greeks who marched to the cadence of music, it was the Roman custom to march in silence. Before the battle, the Romans would unleash a roar in unison, striking fear into the hearts of their enemy.
This war cry was called the Barritus. We don’t know how it sounded, but Tacitus tells us it began as a “harsh, intermittent roar.” By holding their shields to their mouth, the reverberating sound would swell into a deafening crescendo, like waves smashing into the rocky shore.