The Warrior: A Series Introduction

By Contego

Over the last year or so, I have written about leadership, manliness, and brotherhood; those articles are posted here for your review. One of the common themes to which I have alluded is the idea that every man is different. These differences come in many forms, intensities, and depths, and they make us who we are as individual men, for better or worse. In many cases, some of these differences form a chasm that prevents men from meaningful organization; in other cases, they are merely different shades of the same color. Differences among principled men, united in purpose, serve to make their organization stronger, more agile, and more resilient.

One of the major differences all men bring to an organization, is a concept that modern man seems to have forgotten over time. This concept is the idea of the warrior. Each era of man has had its idea of what it meant to be a warrior, and the Modern Era is no different. What has changed however, is that modern Western Civilization seems to have forgotten – willfully or negligently – that warriors are more than mere automatons in human form, and are in fact composed of flesh, blood, and bone. As with being a man, being a warrior is more than the sum of ones components.

The purpose of this piece is to introduce a series of short articles; the centerpiece of each being a specific aspect of being a warrior. I intend to expose you to the concepts of what is, and what is not a warrior. Using the acronym RACISTS (a happy coincidence, I am sure), I will break out seven key elements which I find essential in understanding the essence of becoming – and being – a warrior, and leading a warrior’s life.

In the succeeding articles, we will delve into such themes as Recognizing, Awakening, Cultivating, Improving, Steeling, Targeting, and Sustaining the warrior, not only the one each of us has inside ourselves but also the one waiting in our brothers. Each article will cover a single aspect to keep the length reasonable, readable, and palatable to those of us who have challenging attention spans.

Before I close-out this introduction, we need first to answer the question: What is a warrior? If we break a warrior down into some general attributes, we find confidence, strength, aggressiveness, discipline, being active, and bravery among them. But these arbitrary characteristics are not the whole of a warrior’s essence. He must also be one who sacrifices himself for the good of others.

In a more esoteric sense, being a warrior is more than taking up arms and fighting. A warrior must serve his community, his tribe, and his nation, as well as protect his homeland. This service requires clarity, focus, determination, courage, consistency, and zeal for life. This latter one includes not only the life of the warrior himself, but also the lives of those for whom he toils: his people.

Do not misconstrue my words. I do not believe that a man must engage in physical combat to be a warrior. History is replete with examples of these physical warriors; in fact, I would even suggest that history books contain an over-abundance of their tales. However in my experience, warriors consist not only of those who wield their bodies, but also those who wield their mind, and still others who wield their soul; each according to his ability, skills, and talents.

I look forward to undertaking this journey with you, and I welcome your comments. Each of us has had experiences which make our brotherhoods better and stronger. Let us all benefit from them. Let us become warriors – of body, mind, and spirit – for ourselves, each other, and our people.

Next in The Warrior Series: Recognizing the Warrior

6 thoughts on “The Warrior: A Series Introduction

  • January 3, 2021 at 10:51 PM

    Happy I stopped in and found the new series. Look forward to reading. Westmen need to examine these topics right now. I hope hundreds or thousands read your work about this.

    Dig the acronym, too.

    • January 7, 2021 at 7:56 AM

      Welcome, sir, and thank you. I hope to generate productive thought and discourse on this topic so we can all become what we were born to be.

      As for the acronym, a happy coincidence…or a bit of creative humor? Perhaps a bit of both. 🙂

  • January 4, 2021 at 8:08 AM

    Been a slog, but new year’s brings new time. It’s good to sit down and read you.

    I have a question; is there a fundamental difference/ shift between a soldier and a warrior? I ask as one who had always thought of himself as a villager, a citizen, whatever.

    • January 4, 2021 at 2:49 PM

      Seax, good to read you here again, as well.

      I will give you the short answer to your question: it depends. That is not a dodge, for it really does depend on a number of things. For me – and we all know what opinions are like – it depends on perspective, worldview, and experience. We men define ourselves by these things just as others define us based on their perspectives, worldviews, and experiences.

      The big difference to me between warrior and soldier is this: I believe a warrior is something a man IS and a soldier is what a man DOES. Why? A warrior cuts to the core of a man, regardless of the type he becomes (something I address in successive articles, so keep reading). A warrior is multi-dimensional, multi-layered, and complex, and encompasses elements found in the body-mind-soul triad I so often mention. In contrast, a soldier is but one single element to becoming a warrior; there are other types and I cover these in some of the posted and pending articles within the series.

      You may not consider yourself one but judging from your work, diligence, and perseverance as I have witnessed them, you most certainly are a warrior. I will be touching on all this and more throughout the series.

      As with everything, my perspective is mine and I alone am responsible for it.

      • January 6, 2021 at 7:33 AM

        This makes sense. In my mind I have compartmentalised a warrior as one with a specific set of characteristics: capacity for controlled aggression being chief, with a soldier being a warrior in the employ of a corporate entity. But I felt my understanding to be quite dry. I will of course learn more as I make my way through the series.

        • January 7, 2021 at 7:58 AM

          I will also learn during this process, for in writing, I find that one must examine his own beliefs and perspectives. Sometimes the initial view changes after introspection and examination within the proper context. I am hopeful this journey benefits us all.


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