“Come back with your shield – or on it” ~ Spartan mothers to their sons before battle (according to Plutarch)
Queen Gorgo says those words to Leonidas in the movie 300. Deontay Wilder referenced it in his willingness to be KO’ed cold rather than a ref stoppage in his loss to Tyson Fury. This line stirs up something in anyone with testosterone-receptors because it hits the primal masculine value of being willing to die (literally or metaphorically) rather than avoid conflict.
Men are being cultured against this willingness and it’s leading to self-esteem issues, inability to perform (in many ways), the crisis in masculinity. In this episode I speak about the origin of this virtue and how to reclaim it.