Been contemplating my navel a bit today. Found some really good bits that have me thinking. Hope you enjoy.
“At this point, most of us are familiar with the famous dictum that “We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.” Heck, it even got an airing (paraphrased) in the mouth of Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men. Getting past the lulling familiarity of the notion, however, and its rhetorically elegant phrasing, maybe we ought to find ourselves wondering, what does it mean for those who stand ready? What does it take to go out there and come back, and what does it take out of those who do? ”
The American Warrior Culture
“The intrinsic value of society, that social ethic that equates both emperors and peasants is the concept of honor. The vast majority of the social body does not in practice act on its principles; the vision, the romance, and the ideal of honor stand true with even the most disgraceful. Every man knows in his heart was is morally right, as it is prescribed to him either by his religion or his society. Honor is defined by deeming oneself subject to the reputation of righteousness and devoting ones actions accordingly.”
American Warrior Caste
“The Warrior Caste serves for generations because it has deep faith. Faith that your leaders won’t send you to the far corners of the earth to do wrong. Faith that your fellow citizens will care for your well-being, keeping you equipped and fed. Faith that our Founding Fathers were right in that fighting for freedom is worth dying for. Faith in your fellow soldiers.
We hope to live up to the expectations of our parents and ancestors and, most of all, of you.
That’s no surprise but it needs to be said.”
“Let’s define warrior first: A person engaged or experienced in warfare; soldier. A person who shows or has shown great vigor, courage, or aggressiveness. One who is engaged aggressively or energetically in an activity, cause, or conflict.”