14 The Warrior Archetype

Episode Fourteen: The Factory of Fear

Every facet of every warrior code is about one thing and one thing only—Fear.

Codes of honor, loyalty, integrity, love of country, fidelity to a cause.

They all exist as a counterpoise to the imperative of self-preservation built into our bodies, our cells, our flesh … the “factory of fear.”

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  1. Todd on October 1, 2020 at 7:33 am

    Maybe the best of these yet. As a clinical psychologist, I enjoyed the comments on overcoming fear in “Gates of Fire”. Thanks for this series.

  2. Colleen on October 1, 2020 at 7:48 am

    Fantastic. I have a new insight into taking the higher road, operating from a higher plane especially with the idea that this is where love exists.

    Thank you.

  3. Joe Jansen on October 1, 2020 at 8:28 am

    Seems I’m often reading something else that resonates with what I see in this space. I was revisiting “The Dog Stars,” by Peter Heller. My buddies and I were talking about dogs getting older and I was recounting these favorite lines (in post-apocalyptic world, the main character Hig is thinking about his aging dog, Jasper): “He’s getting old. I don’t count the years. I don’t multiply by seven. They bred dogs for everything else, even diving for fish. Why didn’t they breed them to live longer? To live as long as a man.”

    While digging for that line, I came across others (condensed, and note that Hig is not hugely articulate):

    “In the beginning there was Fear. The flu killed almost everybody. The ones who are left are mostly Not Nice, why we live here on the plain, why I patrol every day. I started sleeping on the ground because of the attacks. Mostly the intruders came at night. They came singly or in groups, they came with weapons, with hunting rifles, with knives, they came to the porch light I left on like moths to a flame. I have four sixty watt panels on the house I don’t sleep in, so one LED light all night is no problem.”

    No direct parallel with today post, really. Other than the theme of “fear” showing up on two screens at once.

    • Brian Nelson on October 1, 2020 at 1:03 pm

      Just put “Dog Stars” in my wish list. That is a terrific question, “…Why didn’t they breed them to live longer?” I’ve thought that myself hundreds of times.

      The serendipity of reading about Fear on two different screens points, in my mind, to the validity of the message.

  4. Drew McArton on October 1, 2020 at 8:53 am

    The King with half the East at heel is marched from lands of morning;
    Their fighters drink the rivers up, their shafts benight the air.
    And he that stands will die for nought, and home there’s no returning.
    The Spartans on the sea-wet rock sat down and combed their hair.

    A. E. Housman, Last Poems. “The Oracles”, stanza four.

  5. Andrew+Lubin on October 1, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Maybe fear is an over-used term? I preferred to call it ‘concern’:

    Between 2006-2011, I had 14 embeds into Beirut, Iraq, Afg, totaling some 2 1/2 years. Ramadi, Fallujah, western Anbar, Helmand Prov. Combat Journalist during the exciting times. A fair amount of short firefights, and 2x vehicles in which I was traveling were IED’d, but not fortunately catastrophically. Some shrapnel in Afg. While I wouldn’t be hacked-up like Spartans or Persians, my concern was of burning. An IED was OK (I rationalized) , because I wouldn’t know. And let me re-emphasize that it was my choice to be there, so it was my karma if something happened. Not that I have a death wish; I knew my son and grandson would miss me, but my Sgt son understood and he’d take care of grandson.

    Was I afraid before we went on patrol? Not for me – but I was VERY concerned that if we got attacked, I’d zig instead of zag and some young Marine would be killed or wounded trying to help me. That worried me 24/7, and I was hyper-vigilant on every mission; if I was going to get whacked, let it not be because I was a knucklehead, and please not let me be the cause of a young Marine’s death.

    I also knew, to bring this back to ‘Gates of Fire’ context, that the Marines with whom I embedded would look after me as I would do my best for them. That put the odds in my favor., and was of huge comfort. Oh, the day after I was IED’d, and after I picked up some shrapnel? I unquestioningly went out again; as did the Marines with whom I was embedded.

    Anyway; I hope this doesn’t destroy anyone’s ideas of combat, but thought to share.

  6. Brian Nelson on October 1, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Spot F-Bomb on!

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    There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 1 John 4:18

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    Wise words.

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