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Episode 110: A Rank Amateur

2018-09-11 | 🔗

When the shooting started this patriot ran for his life.

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some will soil themselves and others like the aspiring doctor who was not yet a lieutenant will run for their lives. Not the kind of reaction you'd expect from a self proclaimed Patriot, but the witness accounts are clear: the twenty five year old medical students bolted the moment he heard the shot and yet even ass. He ran his thoughts were of England. All she'd been through. He thought about the loose to offer in the blitzkrieg. He was too young to a fault in the Second World WAR, but Odin. To remember the hell that Hitler unleashed upon Great Britain Old enough to remember Churchill's vow to fight the Nazis on the beaches and the airfields and the landing grounds old enough to remember the pride on his father's face when he and his fellow Englishmen transformed certain defeat into their finest hour.
Truth is the aspiring doctor who was not yet a lieutenant was deeply concerned for his country. That's why he volunteered for action. That's why he showed up on the field of battle. May sixth, one thousand nine hundred and fifty four in his uniform waiting for orders and hoping to do something Courageous for England, but alas, when the shooting started, all he could do was run, and so he did He ran until his legs gave out from under him. He ran until his peripheral vision was gone and his breath reduced to a series of frantic and tortured gasps. He ran until his heart beating wildly two hundred times a minute threatened to leap from his chest and when he finally collapsed the spasms that right act. His body left him wondering if perhaps a bullet in the back might have
the less agonizing price to pay a few minutes later, when he could speak again, his countrymen dragged him to his feet and demanded an explanation because he gasped, because today today was the day a few years later, when he was finally a lieutenant and the royal army medical core. The now famous doktor was asked to describe what went through his mind and the final moments of that fateful day. He said my brain felt like unexploded flashbulb, but my legs met no resistance for the earth
to move with me as though I found a new source of power in beauty and a few years after that, after being knighted by the Queen of England for his courage on the field, the national hero was asked to explain what had driven him to attempt such an audacious feet with such a relatively small amount of actual training. Well, he said I just felt that something had to be done. We were still reeling from the Second World war. You know still on food rations, still not quite ourselves as a people. England was divided and demoralized. You see I wanted to give my country a victory. We don't remember who pulled the trigger on that fateful afternoon. No one ever remembers the guy who fires the starting pistol, but now one. There will ever forget the three minutes and fifty nine point four seconds that followed, because that's it
exactly how long it took the twenty five year old medical student to shocked the world at a time when athletes from every country were trying to make a name for themselves, it was a rank amateur, aspiring doctor who did what many said could not be done and in the process reunited the United Kingdom in a way that Churchill himself Never hope to repeat: it really was miraculous for three minutes and fifty nine point four seconds. There were no Protestants for Catholics in Great Britain, no Muslims or Jews, no Hindus or atheist, no black, sir Whites, no tory no labour for three minutes and fifty nine point four seconds they were all just Britain's watching one of their own make their country great again
With the hashtag or a lecture, not with an armband were a protest with a victory. It's easy to forget how powerful and they can be when they remember to stay in their lane. Only then can their accomplishments remind us all of the vast potential that unites the species. A valuable lesson brought to life by a true patriot, who ran from the sound of a gunshot, Sir Roger Banister, the first man on the planet to run a mile and less than four minutes. Anyway. That's the way I heard.
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