This passage reveals values comparable to those I’ve held dear as far back as I can remember. Likely, I developed them by reading about them as a kid. It seems to me the stuff of heroes.
They admired men of outstanding courage, whatever tribe they came from. Loyalty to the leader of the tribe and fierce personal valor were considered necessary for the survival of all. Persons of rank were received with grave courtesy, whatever their tribe or people. The ruler was supposed to be generous to those who were loyal, and the followers, in return for this generosity, were to remain loyal. Everyone was aware of the shortness of life and the passing away of all things in the world. An impersonal, irresistible fate determined most of life, but heroic human will and courage allowed individuals to control their own response to fate and thus to win fame and become models for others to follow.