Taming the Lion
In order to understand the analogy of Taming the Lion we would have to delve into the origin of the term Standard Bearer is in the cavalry where one soldier would have the exclusive responsibility of carrying the battle standard (flag) and to keep it flying at all costs. This person would not be armed and would position himself to stand out clearly visible to everyone, his own comrades who would rally to the flag and the enemy for whom he would become the primary target. Naturally the demoralizing effect of the flag falling to the ground is clear and so the Standard Bearer would become the focus of attack of the enemy and would be defended by his own comrades. He would himself not fight but would concentrate in keeping the flag aloft so that it was clearly visible to the troops who would take succor from the sight of their flag flying high.
In my view a Standard Bearer is:
- One who stands out. Not one who blends in. If a Standard Bearer blended in and
became like all the others, then he would cease to have any value. The nature of the flag would overcome its meaning and it would be a colored piece of cloth on a clothes line. Not something you salute.
- A flag is a colored piece of cloth, but you salute it, not because of what it is but because of what it symbolizes and represents.
- One who stands for, exemplifies, emulates a standard in which s/he believes with total conviction.
- One who stands out and differentiates on the basis of the standard s/he exemplifies and is therefore different from the general population.
- A Standard Bearer is the benchmark which the world measures itself against. For that reason he is of this world but is different from it.
Excerpt from Sheikh Mirza Yawar Baig Publications