Conquer: (v) to overcome and take control of
I have actually lived long enough to be in a society where seemingly intelligent and even well-educated men are bragging about how high their testosterone numbers are.
That is because, as a people, we have embraced the notion that conquering is achieved by domination.
If that were so, there would still be a Roman Empire. No one ever put together a more formidable force or intimidating presence than Rome.
But eventually they were dominated and therefore, conquered.
Yet enduring throughout all that shifting and shaping, the simple words of a Nazarene carpenter not only survived, but prospered–becoming arguably the most powerful message on Earth.
It all spawned from the notion that it is possible, and even necessary, to be more than a conqueror.
A conqueror, as he monitors his testosterone level, is only content when he is dominating and victorious.
But to be more than a conqueror is to find ways to be useful, powerful and on point–even when the strength and authority is not in your control.
This is the message that will survive all the huffing and puffing of the big, bad wolves.
This is the brick house of hope.
It is the principle which states that merely conquering people does not change them to your way of thinking.
So gradually changing them to your way of thinking is perhaps the only way to truly conquer.
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