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The Heart Of A Champion

“Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing” Vince Lombardi 

“So many have run miles only to wake up lost and realizing they have traveled in the wrong direction.” FeatherLeaf

Machismo is the teaching that a man must be brave and strong. But it goes further than that. It displays a masculinity rooted in physical violence and male dominance. 

poor photoA real man can show his emotions and allow himself to be vulnerable. The strong unshakable man only lives in the imagination. I do not call soldiers heroic as I heroism has a sense of nobility with it and killing people is far from virtuous. Yet I must concede that to engage in battle takes a certain kind of valor. But let us examine how soldiers are trained. To make a good solider do we enhance their humanity? Quite contrary soldiers are brainwashed. Furthermore the ‘enemy’ is recreated into a figure that is less than a human being.

I don’ t care what race, skin color, religion, economic standard, sexual orientation or whatever other standard you measure human beings with, we are all worthy of love and should be treated with respect. A champion isn’t a person who wins a football game all that proves is which team performed better in athletics on a particular day. No the true measure of a champion is how they treat other human beings. To go further with the concept, a real champion would treat diverse people, far from their normal, with the same measure as they would treat one who is identical.

I am a member of the Church of Christ. The Bible clearly distinguished that God at one time recognized that there were two types of human beings, news and gentiles. But with the coming of Christ the wall of separation has come down and there is neither Jew nor Greek. Yet in this country we had a period of time when the government enforced the separation between those of color and those who claimed to be ‘white’. Of course this is contrary to the teachings of God. Yet with great hypocrisy the Church of Christ, in particular it’s secular institutions of learning resisted the will of God and followed the will of man. They lacked the courage and conviction to do the right thing.\

Let’s not pretend we live in a very wicked world. God forbid that you have a heart attack in New York City. What’ll happen, as it has happened before, the people will simply walk around you. There was a story of a man who defended a woman and in the process the hero was stabbed. He lay bleeding to death on the sidewalk. All the people passing by did not come to his aid. Rather they simply passed on by. There was a video tape of the whole episode. When the truth was found out the good people who neglected to do the right thing raised money for his funeral.

We need people in this world to look at what is going on and say the truth of that matter. We must say that war is wrong. We must say that wealth inequality is wrong. We must say that racism and prejudice is wrong. We must say that materialism is wrong. We must say that idolatry is wrong. But it must go further than that. We cannot become the beast in trying to destroy the beast. Not only must we shun the negative but we must also must embrace the negative. We who dream of a better world must not wait for a golden opportunity to practice our beliefs but rather with great sacrifice we must do the right thing now.

We are steaming full speed ahead down the highway to hell. In economically starved countries and in war ravaged areas they are fully conscious of this reality. In America certain sections are of yet unaware that the deluge of the storm will soon wash away their mansions of glory built on the silty sands of materialism.

Do you have a heart of a champion? I’ll tell you by your deeds.

Here is a book that poetically captures the heroic spirits of brave people past and present. “Poet To The Poor, Poems Of Hope For The Bottom One Percent”

The Heart Of A Champion

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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Kaniecki, J. (2018). The Heart Of A Champion. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 18, 2020, from


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