All the King’s Men


So… Last week I started watching Game of Thrones.

I know, where have I been this whole time? I’ve been busy, so cut me some slack. At least I’m catching up now. Better late than never. And believe it or not, but today I’m starting season 5, only 10 days after starting the show! If there’s one thing I’m really good at, it’s binge watching a new series.

And in the spirit of this spectacular show we call Game of Thrones, I started wondering off into random thoughts and day-dreams. If I was living in mid-evil times, who would I be?

Now this is a tough question, because it doesn’t matter who you WANT to be, it matters who you honestly think you WOULD be. While at first this may seem like a dumb question that you think about while trying to avoid real-life issues, it actually is a very deep question. It takes a lot of self-evaluation and honesty to truly answer this question. And you answer will tell you a lot about yourself.

Close your eyes for a moment and try to imagine this mid-evil world. Imagine the castles and palaces, kings, knights and lords. Imagine the temples and places of worship, the priests, the witches, the men of magic and the gods. Imagine the soldiers roughing up the peasants, the drunks drooling over whores in the tavern. Imagine the barbarians, the warriors, the nomads and the merchants. Imagine riding a horse through vast plains, snowy mountains, dangerous woods. What a world! Who would you be?

When I think of this question, I don’t think of a specific person or profession. I think of character and values. If I was born into royalty, would I be wise and merciful or drunk from power and riches? If I were a soldier, would I fight bravely and become a knight or perish in a battle that no one will remember? Would I be a man of religion? A scholar? A criminal? Would I live in a palace? A castle? A tent?

After deep though on the matter, this is what I’ve managed to accept about myself. I wouldn’t be a good soldier or knight. My back would always hurt and I’m probably not brave enough to accept a glorious death. I like living too much. I wouldn’t be a drunk or a peasant, I’m too ambitious to rot away in some tavern or brothel. And if I’m being honest, I probably would stay away from any physical labor, such as blacksmith or carpenter, mason or farmer.

However, I would like to believe that I would be educated. I would know how to read and write, a special skill at that time. I think I would be a good strategic thinker. Maybe I could be an advisor to the king? Master of coin perhaps. Or maybe even right-hand of the king. Perhaps I would put my talents to use in the temples, act as a man of the gods. Or maybe I would be a successful merchant, dealing with gold, silver and diamonds.

One things is for sure, I would definitely strive for power and success, but I would never be cruel or abusive. I would like to believe that I would be guided by values like compassion and justice, that I would have a strong sense of right and wrong, that I would judge a man by the virtue of his actions, not his bloodline or birthright.

I would probably enjoy living my life playing a game of thrones… would you?

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