Because a shield provides protection – not just for you, but also for those around you. And also because we also love the tales of the famous Spartan warriors who dominated Greece in the 5th Century BC. They used their 90-centimetre wooden and bronze shields (known as hoplons) to close ranks during engagements in order to achieve passive protection in a phalanx. Spartan shields surrounded the warriors on the fronts and flanks of the formation, with additional shields raised overhead for those in the middle. Interlocked in this manner, the hoplons were almost impenetrable.
Spartan hoplons were hereditary, passed to successive generations of warrior from the maternal side of their family. As you will learn a component of our resilience is genetic, and thus analogous to the literal handing down of a shield in Spartan culture. The parting words from a mother to a Spartan warrior departing for battle were understood to be ‘return with your shield, or on it’. To drop the shield was to endanger your fellow warriors as much as yourself and was considered the mark of a deserter. Such was the importance of the shield; it was more honourable to die and be carried out of battle on your own shield than to lose it.
Wielding a shield also leaves a hand spare to carry a weapon.
Naturally, the material used in the construction of a shield is crucial to its strength and many different materials have been used to construct shields; and still are! But no matter the material used; it is the attention to detail in manufacturing the shield that provides the ultimate strength. Your Resilience Shield is no different.