Every society breeds a few people who will resort to bullets when they think their desire for greed or power is threatened. Some of these threats to the heroes of society occur when power grabbers cannot verbally compete with words and logic.
This sickness can inflict any society. For example, in France, young Joan of Arc was torched to death at the age of 19 by members of the clergy who did not like her claims that he she heard from God. Germans murdered young Sophie Scholl at the age of age 21 for distributing Anti-Nazi materials. Polish native Rosa Luxemburg was knocked unconscious, shot in the head, and dumped in a river because a group of thugs did not like the literature that she was distributing..
In her interesting book, Legends, Leaders, Legacies, author Susan Vollmer presents a sampling of various societies that became fatal for those who wanted to help protect the rights of others. There are 18 mini-biographies that reflect the inevitable dangers that exist in every society to those who might attempt to help others.
Most of the victims in the book were ordinary people with ordinary problems. Jose Rizal had a Filipino mother who was imprisoned because her family did not have any food for the horse of a foreign invading soldier. Soon later, Jose himself was prevented from getting married because he would not agree to retract various statements that he previously made. He was later executed at age 35 for participating in a revolution that he never supported, even though this alleged incident took place while he was exiled for writing a book that some did not like. British Nurse Edith Cavell was only interested in helping people in need. She was arrested and executed at age 49 by the Germans.
Some of the stories illuminate one of the ugliest traits that can exist in man. It’s sad to watch the betrayal of heroes after they successfully sacrificed their safety by facing death defying situations. For example, a Saudi Prince was murdered by his own nephew. A heroic leader was killed by military decoys in his own parade. An Indian head of state was killed by one of her guards while giving a TV interview. And a brave fighter, who had successfully fought the Taliban, was murdered during a broadcast interview by decoy reporters who turned to be out to be traitors. Bringing this down to personal terms, it becomes obvious how vulnerable we are because a well-trusted person can betray us and destroy our lives at any moment.
This book is easy to read, interesting, and informative. It reminds its’ readers about the reality of human nature. Money, power, and other temptations that lead to greed become motivations to inflict damage on anyone who might threaten it.
After reading this book, it will be difficult to take freedom for granted. That’s why it is required reading for everyone who loves his country.
The book is available from Amazon.com – http://www.amazon.com/Legends-Leaders-Legacies-Susan-Vollmer/dp/0979523303/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361561758&sr=8-1&keywords=susan+vollmer+legacy
By Gene Louis
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