“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 afriend, 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.”
Have you heard the name Tecumseh?
How could a man who constantly allied himself with anti-American interests be held in such high regard? How could this man, who would never call himself an American citizen, become beloved by generations of American warriors? It’s simple, really: Tecumseh, aside from being a formidable opponent and brilliant tactician, was one of the most principled and wise individuals to ever grace the North American landmass.
He embodied the warrior spirit in his physical prowess, patient diplomacy, vigorous approach to fighting, and moral stand against injustice.
His name became synonymous with courage both in life and death. His devotion to his people has rarely been equaled—but most of all, his willingness to sacrifice for a cause has set an almost unattainable precedent.
In his immortal words:
When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with 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.
Be fearless. Live for your life as if every day is your last. Challenge limits. Accept everything for what it is and never look back.