Each one of us is acquainted with the masterpiece, GAME OF THRONES, all thanks to George R.R Martin for crafting such a marvelous piece of writing in the form of a book and David Benidoff and D.B. Weiss for transforming the book into a TV series of utmost perfection. Howbeit, apart from representing the seven worlds and the incessant quest of the Lords for the Iron Throne, the show gives us some wonderful life lessons which we need to ponder upon-
1. “Valar Morghulis – All Men must die.”
And the show never fails to live up to the quote. However, apart from the show, each word of this quote rings so true in our real lives as well. Life is a mirage whereas death is the ultimate truth. No man is immortal. All the things that have a beginning, must be terminated and the termination is achieved by their ultimate demise.
2. “Valar Dohaeris – All men must serve.”
This phrase has been used in the show as a response to the phrase “Valar Morghulis” and implies that although death is inevitable and will eventually come for all, yet the life that we are born into, has a deeper purpose. And we must live to serve that very purpose of life. The well-known lines by William Shakespeare sum it up-“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.”
3. “A mind needs books as a sword needs whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
This quote highlights the importance of reading in our lives and emphasizes on the
significance of books in the development of our minds. Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body and in order to prevent the corrosion of our brain, it is necessary that we
constantly feed it with good books. Books not only serve as a gateway to knowledge, but also open up new paths that lead to new worlds of exposure and imagination. As George Martin has quoted -“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”
4. “No matter what you want, once you get it, you want something else.”
Irony of life! All our lives we keep chasing our needs in the hope of contentment and the
moment we fulfill them, reality strikes us and there are other things that add to our never-ending list of whims and wishes. Our curiosities, ambitions and the need to change become a double-edged sword for us, leading to discontentment and unhappiness.
5. “A lion does not concern himself with the opinions of a sheep.”
This stands so true in our lives as well. Wherever we might go and whatever we might do,
there is no escape from being judged or opinionated. But life is too short to placate everyone around us and moreover, concerning ourselves with the opinions of others only add to our woes. We need to place our trust in ourselves and in spite of wasting our life in pleasing others, we could always care less about what other people think about us!
6. “Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like an armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.”
Tyrion Lannister never fails to capture the essence of life in his words of wisdom. Life has never been perfect and neither can we. All of us are born with our own set of perfections and imperfections. However, many of us fail to recognize what we have got and instead, waste our time in whining about our weaknesses. The show emphasizes on the power of one’s strengths, which if nurtured properly, have the ability to mask one’s weaknesses to a point that they seem completely irrelevant.
7. “Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to climb, but they refuse. They cling to the realm or the gods or love. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is.”
Last but not the least, this one is the most important lesson that I have learnt from this one
helluva show. Life has never been a bed of roses and it will never be. But it has never been unfair as well. Life has been kind enough to always open doors for us when one or the other door closes. But most of us are thwarted by the obstacles that come in our way and in spite of overcoming those hurdles, we cling to our comfort zones and consequently, life becomes a pretense. Only the roads with difficulties lead us to our destinations and moving forward is the only way out, to reach those destinations.