WHAT IS A WARRIOR?
The quote below is falsely attributed to Sitting Bull. Probably Castenada. Don’t care. Movies tell truth sometimes even though they izz made up, innit, blud?
“Warriors are not what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who fights, because no one has the right to take another life. The warrior, for us, is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others. His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those who can not provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of humanity.”
I agree. Except the sacrifice bit. I have sacrificed a lot, but not actually my life. Steady on.
Andnotbut, BTW, I don’t give an historian’s toss who made it up.
Andnotbut, if you accept this definition and I do, playworkers are warriors, mothers are warriors, developers of people and software are warriors, doctors are warriors, volunteers at food banks are warriors, people who struggle with illness be it mental or physical or both, gay people, any xxxing human who is striving to be a xxxxing good person and make the world better.
So who isn’t a warrior? Interesting that you should ask, well: not the soldiers operating drones, not the generals in the Pentagon, not most politicians, not big management consultancies, not fat cat bankers, not people enjoying inherited wealth, not self made men who don’t play nicely and don’t share…
For more details, ask a 60 year old nursery school teacher. Because back then they knew what a good person was and how to raise them and nanny wouldn’t have just given George Osborne that look, or even a red hand mark on the back of his leg, she would have punched his parents in their smug landed faces (Not actually advocating violence, speaking metaphorically)
Warriors. Go forth. Don’t forget, eat three shredded wheat (or the vegan or cultural equivalent. In India it would be three bowls of sophie dahl and yesterday’s chapatti, in Cambodia, some rice, in America steak and eggs, you get the drift).
Oh and gird your loins. Nobody likes to see an ungirded loin.