Ancient European tribes held their warriors in high esteem, second only in class to the elevated nobility, and shaman or druid classes. In fact, in times of war, the tribal chieftain would yield authority and power to a War Chief, who would lead the tribe and its warriors into battle. At the end of a battle, campaign, or war, the War Chief would return power and responsibility back to the Peace Chief. In this way the right man held the position of leadership during the right time, and for the right purpose.
Every man was a warrior, contributing to the prosperity of the tribe in peace, and providing for its defense in times of conflict. How can these ancient precepts be implemented in the Modern Era? How do we marshal the warriors to rise and fight? How do we select leaders from those warriors?
Before we have the luxury to worry about answering those questions, we need to recognize two things. First, every man is a warrior. In some, the warrior is just below the surface, ready to emerge. In others, the warrior is dormant, and thus requires an awakening. Second, each warrior has strengths and weaknesses, just like the man within whom he resides. The two are inseparable, since the weaknesses of the man are reflected in the warrior. Likewise, the strengths of the warrior become the strengths of the man; in this way, the two are symbiotic.
There is a myth that pervades modern Western Civilization, especially about men who claim identity as “American.” This myth is of the “rugged individual.” It was developed to inspire a generation of explorers, adventurers, and empire builders, but has grown legs enough to become something much more than intended. We will discuss this in more detail later in the series, but I mention it now because the security of todays society lets men carry on with the fantasy of being a “rugged individual.”
Men who buy into the myth and fantasy are mere products of a soft and decadent society which affords them such luxuries. This is part of the reason the inner warrior has become dormant. There has been little real need of him, and as a result, the warrior has atrophied. Men of today must remember that the warrior is not gone; rather, the warrior lies sleeping.
Recognition of the warrior is the first step on the road to recovery, and the path for racial survival. Today’s warrior does not need to be a skilled fighter as ancient warriors throughout history had to be. The modern warrior must be as flexible as the man in which he resides, and society, allows.
Modern man can be any number of the types of warrior required in the Modern Era. A physical warrior is master of the body, and the fighting skills it fosters. An intellectual warrior is master of the mind, and the tools required to win cerebral battles. A spiritual warrior is master of the soul, and the esoteric environment in which he fights. Within each of these are specific classes of warrior in which a man’s skills might find a home.
Contemporary warriors are no different from their ancestral forebears in that they are influenced by both internal and external forces. These factors shape the man, as surely as they shape the type of warrior he is to become. Relationships, and interconnections in which a man finds himself, reveal intricate patterns of cause and effect. Some patterns develop from specific cultural contexts; others emerge naturally as a man journeys along his life’s path. To find his warrior, a man must recognize these patterns and identify those that benefit both him and his inner warrior; and he must discard the rest as detrimental to his purpose.
The influential factors also serve to shape the mans – and his warriors – worldview, and the codes to which he suborns himself. Economic and religious factors influenced medieval warriors. Aesthetic and political factors led to the development of the Bushido Code adopted by Samurai warriors. Todays man must explore the influences for himself, and find his “way” to the warrior inside.
Modern mans warrior might be peaceful or nonviolent, focused on civil engagement, generosity, and hard work. His warrior might be the obverse: ready to defend his people with decisive and precise application of violence of action. Unless he recognizes his inner warrior – the existence and type – he will never know. A man cannot awaken what he does not recognize.
Realize and recognize, dear brothers, that we are all warriors. The types may differ but the purpose is one: the survival of our people. To achieve this purpose, we warriors must rise to the challenge, accept our destiny, and become who our ancestors were in their own time. Recognize your warrior, for that is the essence of manhood. Regardless of our current ability, we all have the capability to become the warrior we were always meant to be. Join me.
Next in The Warrior Series: Awakening the Warrior