34 The Warrior Archetype

Episode Thirty-Four: “It May Have Been Wrong for Us to Take It”

Torn between the dark side of the Warrior Archetype and the light, Alexander (at least in my own historical fiction rendering) was pressed by his friend and second-in-command, Hephaesteion, to choose.

He turned instead to Zeus the Creator.

In today’s episode, we’ll see how Alexander answered the dilemma of the limits of the Warrior Archetype.

Subscribe here for the full series, or watch previous episodes here

Subscribe here for the full series, or watch previous episodes here


  1. Joe Jansen on December 10, 2020 at 7:00 am

    This idea of life eating life goes deep. If mythologist Joseph Campbell was still alive, I’d pay dearly to listen in on a conversation between him and Steve. This one-minute clip is from “The Power of Myth” (the 1988 six-part PBS documentary of Campbell’s conversations with journalist Bill Moyers), here where Campbell is talking about mythology related to the hunt.

    I think certain parallels can be drawn between hunting and war, parallels that go beyond just the killing: Being paired in a dance of life and death that continually requires an assessment of one’s own place in a moral universe; the potential of some degree of respect between the parties; and a recognition that the taking of life requires some ritual of appeasement before the entity that created that life. Good stuff today.


  2. Andrew+Lubin on December 10, 2020 at 7:41 am

    Lots of topics in this one post, Steve, thank you!

    “A war with honor?” Absolutely; if you’re defending your country, your government: Allies vs Nazi Germany, America-Allies vs Japan. North in the Civil War. American response in Afg after 9/11. Ukrainans trying to defend against Russians; Vietnam in 1979 against the Chinese invasion…there are plenty of just wars throughout history, and warfare is anything but antiseptic. They burned people at the stake; we used flamethrowers. Other than efficiency, what is the difference?

    But while brutality in combat against an opponent is necessary to both survive and win (Marines vs Japanese, for example); look at how those same Marines tried hard to save civilians @ Saipan and Okinawa. That’s war with honor.

    But can you turn a war of conquest into a war with honor, as Alexander hopes to do in India? Not really; he’d already waged a brutal campaign in Afg, so having gotten to the Afg-Indian border, his motives were already suspect. Keeping the conquered kingdoms are a political and economic, not philosophical issue. And I vehemently disagree with him that Zeus/God made warriors to fight in that way; and generals from Leonidas to Mattis would agree with me.

    Your thoughts?

  3. Colleen on December 11, 2020 at 9:05 am

    I can’t help but wonder if there will be a future where all entities on this planet behave as a whole with a common purpose of survival: the war, the battle becomes a goal of preservation for all.

  4. Lerod Manji on January 2, 2021 at 3:12 am
  5. Eliza Sickles on January 2, 2021 at 3:16 am

    Thank you so much for posting this amazing blog. I learned a lot from you, please keep it up. And if ever you are interested to play games just visit play roblox for free

  6. velocity electronics on March 2, 2021 at 11:44 am

    It’s an amazing idea and very helpful for everyone.

  7. Alice Sophia on April 7, 2021 at 2:51 am

    Thank you for sharing such a great bog it is very helpful.

  8. word finder on April 16, 2021 at 3:10 am

    That’s good news, I’ve been searching for it for days

  9. Alex zxc on June 19, 2021 at 2:57 am

    案例分析代写 可以说是学生最常遇到的英语短文写作类型之一,尤其是商业案例分析写作。商务专业的学生应该经常处理这种家庭作业。在写commerce案例分析的时候,您应该首先对案例分析有一个挺好的理解。在开始以下步骤之前,请仔细阅读案例并进行记录。可能需要多次阅读案例,了解所有细节,充分把握公司、集团或行业面临的问题。当您阅读时,请尽力找出关键问题、关键参与者和最相关的事实。在熟悉了这些信息后,请使用以下分步书写说明(用于单个公司分析)来准备报告。要写一个行业,只需调整这里列出的步骤来讨论整个细分市场。

  10. danielkoike on December 3, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    As we all know, studying abroad can be a difficult task, being away from home, not having your family around, cultural differences and the stress of studying. Why not choose a ghostwriting service to ease the burden? Many students who study abroad choose thesis appendix writing services, EssayMin is your best choice for thesis appendix writing. EssayMin offers a 24/7 online customer service, where you can check the progress of your order at any time, and the back office system will automatically update the status of your paper. It only takes three minutes to book Essay, and you can access the back office to check and manage the progress of your essay at any time. EssayMin’s thesis appendix writing service is 100% legal, so order with confidence!

Leave a Reply Cancel Reply