My daughters participate in the American Heritage Girls. It is a great organization and a respectable replacement for the girl's-scouting-organization-that-shall-not-be-named. One of the badges my youngest daughter was working on had the family creating a time capsule.
Every member of the family makes something (small). A craft of some kind that represents the person in the time capsule. (I made a guitar pick necklace with an old red Jazz III guitar pick and a piece of twine with a Carrick Bend knot.) The person preparing the time capsule also creates a questionnaire and has everyone fill it out. The resulting creations, questions and answers are put into a reliable container and hidden wherever to be opened at a point later in the future.
The questionnaire/survey had a bunch of fairly typical questions on it but one caught my attention. "What is your War Cry"?
Everyone has (or should have) a hill in their lives. A hill on which they are willing to stand and fight. Some people have their faith, some their family, tradition or property. But we all have something we are not willing to concede. We all have a hill on which we are willing to die.
Should we ever find ourselves out of options. Every chance has been spent. Every alternative exhausted. And we stand before our hill - it is in each of us all to reach down deep and offer our war cry as either a warning to those who come for us, or an epitaph for those we leave behind.
Now I am sure some of you might be thinking that I am taking this task for my daughter's AHG badge a little too seriously and I allow that might be the case. But on the other hand - it speaks to motivation. It speaks to who we are. It speaks of our "why" and not just our "what". The answer to this question provides a way to let the person opening this time capsule know more about what made us tick than a thousand Instagram selfies or a a thousand tweets on pop culture.
The last thing the internet needs is another gutless pontification. Another spineless, manufactured post engineered for maximum word density on a trending topic. True, it might be easy to argue that the world does not need to resonate with more war crys. Indeed you could argue that might be the last thing it needs right now. But from my perspective much can be gained from asking the question on what those war crys might be. Much can be gained from examining our why.
So I sat there staring at the survey and asked myself, what is my "war cry"?
My War Cry
I find this clip from the movie Interstellar to be motivating. This was my answer:
Had to #CancelDisneyPlus today because their management are gutless cowards. Couldn't cancel the account via the webpage because the webpage wanted me to update my payment information and literally wouldn't let me do anything else. So I had to try using their chat ... Worst #Chatbot Evar.