What is a SEAL...Really?
Seeing Manhood in "Act Of Valor"
The movie, Act of Valor follows a group of Navy SEALs (Sea. Air. Land) as they embark on a mission to take down an enemy of the United States. These heroes portray manliness traits like honor, strength, resilience, and bravery. What makes the movie even more riveting is that the actors are all real Navy SEALs. Knowing that the experience and knowledge of real SEALs are playing a part in this film, gives the viewer a deep understanding and appreciation of what our troops go through for us!
If one can see through all of the shooting, gunshots, and pain, there are great lessons that a man can learn. All men, deep down strive to live an adventure...to be wild at heart; to save the princess, to climb a mountain, to win the race. Navy SEALs are a picture of that adventure. If we had to boil the one thing that sets these SEALs apart, it would be one thing. That one thing is “Character.”
Throughout the movie, several character traits became evident in each of these men. They were unselfish, sacrificial, disciplined, loving, caring, enduring, and courageous.
Loving and Caring
These men are close. They love and care for each other. They always had each other’s back, no matter what. One night, before deployment all the men and their families were spending time together. The leader told his men that if their was any trouble in their family that they needed to take care of it and if they needed any help, that the team would be there to support them. He realized the importance of family and unity in the home and the effect it would have out on the field. The team not only loved and cared for each other, but their families as well. As men, it’s important that we love and care for our families. We must guard and protect them!
A Sign of True Manhood
Sacrifice. It’s something that many of us men don’t know much about, apart from a good war movie. Sacrifice is what made our country great and still does. One of the most moving scenes in this movie is when a SEAL sees a grenade about to explode and injure his comrades. In about a split second, he places himself over the grenade saving his friends. This is the ultimate sacrifice. It will bring tears to the strongest of men. We may not be in a military operation, but it’s that kind of heart and courage that we as men should strive for.
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Manliness, at it's Finest
These guys never quit. Their motto, “The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday” is an apt description of their endurance. The mission they were on took them all over the world. Once they were on mission, they had no idea when or if they were going to come back. They always continued until the mission was complete. They never gave up.
Do you love and care? Do you sacrifice for others? Are you disciplined? Do you have endurance? Us men, we are on a journey. It may not be a Navy SEAL, but to be a man. Let this be a call to manliness.
Training gives them endurance!
An Ode to Manliness
Chief Tecumseh of the Shawnee Nation
At the end of the movie, a poem was read. It was a poem given by a dead SEAL to his son. It was a call to manhood to his son. It’s a shout to our generation of men; to call us up and become men. Chief Tecumseh of the Shawnee Nation, who lived from 1768 – 1813, wrote this poem.
“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.
Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”
Let's join the SEALs and give it our best "Hooyah!" war cry!
The Navy SEALs
The Only Easy Day was Yesterday!
Have you seen this movie? What are you thoughts about manhood and manliness? If you have any comments or suggestions about this article please feel free to comment! Hope you enjoy!