12 The Warrior Archetype

Episode Twelve: The Citizen-Soldier

The Minutemen of Lexington and Concord, the sharpshooters on both sides at Gettysburg, the “Greatest Generation” of WWII.

These were citizen-soldiers, a concept we take for granted now but that was revolutionary when it first appeared.

Who invented it?

The farmer-warriors of ancient Greece, who took down their spears and shields from over the fireplace and went off to fight.

If you and I value democracy and individual freedom, we can thank them.

They answered the call when it came … and returned home to their families when the emergency was over.

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3 Comments

  1. Andrew+Lubin on September 24, 2020 at 7:28 am

    Well said, Steve, but as I watch the news, it gives me a heavy heart.

    The Spartans had King Leonidas who fought beside them, Capt Miller and the 12 million of volunteered after Peal Harbor had FDR; while my son and those who volunteered in 2001 were inspired by 9/11. “It’s my Pearl Harbor,” my son told me after enlisting in the Marines,, “and I’m just doing what Grandpa and Gran did.” But today? It’s a challenge to remember that a strong democracy comes from shared sacrifice when our leader boasts of avoiding service and says those who die in defense of their country are ‘suckers and losers.” Sometimes they’re the good old days for a reason.

    • Brian Nelson on September 24, 2020 at 4:42 pm

      Andrew,
      I’m often said that leadership is the problem and the solution. There has been a dearth of true leadership at POTUS for a long time.

      That said, no one fights for POTUS. We fight for an ideal. What I find scarier is the willingness of our educators to foist victimhood and blame onto our youth instead of the ideals of a Citizen Soldier. When the editor for NY Times resigns because she allowed a sitting Senator to write an op-ed—I see that as a greater threat to our liberty than whoever is in the White House.

      All of this pablum that begins with ‘critical theory’ makes me think of TR’s great speech given in Paris. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles…”

      I enjoy reading your comments on this blog, thoughtful and full of insight.
      bsn

  2. cookie clicker on October 8, 2020 at 1:52 am

    It’s a challenge to remember that a strong democracy comes from shared sacrifice when our leader boasts of avoiding service and says those who die in defense of their country are ‘suckers and losers.!!

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