Who is a modern gladiator?
As we continue to spread our endeavors about Modern Gladiator in many different circles around the country, we are inevitably asked the question why we devised this concept of men’s wellness and betterment around the concept of ancient brutish, neanderthal-like gladiators.
Simple answer—gladiators were total bad asses! Not sufficient? Okay, lets go a bit deeper. In all seriousness, gladiators were dominant on the Roman scene for some seven centuries—that’s a long time. When we equate that to something like American football, which is extremely popular as a spectator sport in the US, it’s only been around for some 100-plus years. Plus, look at the emotion it stirs and the lure it has upon the masses.
The gladiatorial games had a similar effect upon Roman society—everyone in Rome loved to see the lowly gladiator take his endurance, wits, training, desire for survival, and glory to the arena. They relished in the fact that they were able to live vicariously through these titans. They aspired to be like them, they chanted, and were exuberant over the fact that these men, upon entering the arena, became ethereal and an instant sensation. Everyone wanted to be that strong and dominant figure—they were even held in high esteem and envied by emperors.
Men today desire that same adoration and respect from those around them, be it family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. Every man has an innate desire to leave a legacy (hence one of the big reasons for procreation), he wants to be part of something worthwhile, he wants to leave his mark and pass on something better to future generations.
We may not desire to be a literal gladiator, but we do desire to be a “titan” before our young son or daughter or perhaps our wife, or maybe to be respected by those in the community or in the workplace.
So to answer the question, who is a modern gladiator?
Every man is a modern gladiator—he has but to only reach out and aspire to optimize his fullest potential in life and realize that great things can happen when allowing himself to be the man he truly desires to be. It does take work, it takes effort, real effort, but isn’t being a good strong man worth it? Isn’t it worth being the solution to our problems in the world rather than a part of the cause?
Our world is sorely lacking men who are willing to stick themselves out for the sake of upholding right principles and willing to go against the social tide of inequity that we see in the world today.
One by one, we can change that. We can hone in our skills unitedly and truly make a difference and change the times and momentum into which this world is headed.
One modern gladiator at a time. Let’s fight and thrive together!