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We Humans Are Warriors

Warriors are those who choose to stand between their enemy and all that they love or hold sacred. This quote was originally paired with a photo of a European sword. I don’t own any European swords. I do own an Asian short sword modeled after a European sword. Just this weekend I was explaining to a couple friends how these short swords have been used in fairly recent wars. One thing is for sure, people like using weapons. Probably doesn’t matter much if it’s a slab of cold steel or a nuclear missile. Although killing someone with a knife is a bit more intimate than destroying an entire county with nuclear missiles.
“Warriors are those who choose to stand between their enemy and all that they love or hold sacred”.
This quote was originally paired with a photo of a European sword. I don’t own any European swords. I do own an Asian short sword modeled after a European sword. Just this weekend I was explaining to a couple friends how these short swords have been used in fairly recent wars. One thing is for sure, people like using weapons. Probably doesn’t matter much if it’s a slab of cold steel or a nuclear missile. Although killing someone with a knife is a bit more intimate than destroying an entire county with nuclear missiles.

“Warriors are those who choose to stand between their enemy and all that they love or hold sacred.” The sacred is often given and ordained by the *heavens.
The footnotes may make this post more potable to Americans, some other cultures might not like my notes

I received this quote in my social stream and it made me think a good deal of what I write about revolves around this subject. It encompasses the things no one in business should talk about – Religion, politics, and sex. Yet these three elements of the human condition drive all business.

An interesting observation is that much of this behavior has its equivalent in the world of animals. Although animals display these behaviors on a much simpler level. That is one reason animals can make a good model for understanding our own behavior.

Homo Sapien’s Warrior spirit is one of the biggest challenges humanity will need to overcome. Humanity’s willing to kill and be killed for what we hold dear #by god is a good strategy when fighting with sticks and hand axes. However, it becomes a bit less sustainable when people have the power of the sky god $Zeus, the power to create the apocalypse. As we develop better ways to kill large numbers of people perhaps we should begin to think about developing more tolerant and accepting social rules.

I am wishing you the very best in life,
Andrew Ledford
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* Heavens is in the contexts of Asian culture
# by god is in reference to old Nordic Culture
$ Zeus is in reference to ancient Greek culture

Thoughts from Piety Project

[level-member]My friend William Bloomberg has started a new blog called the Piety Project. Yesterday’s post “What is Piety?” has helped enlarge my definition of religion and piety even further. It also has me rethinking how to implement change without causing harm.

This is an interesting definition of piety. And it contains some clues to an emotion I am interested in. Perhaps I should call this emotion piety? The emotion or emotions I’m referring to are many of the isms. When I examine the isms, a whole lot of them appear to have common elements. However, if I did use pity as a reference to the isms it would taint the word for more benevolent uses. What word to use for negative isms is something to think about. Do any of my readers have a suggestion?

Petroglyph in Arizona
Petroglyph in Arizona

Here is the definition of piety from William’s blog pietyproject.com/what-is-piety/

“Piety implies showing reverence or devotion to a deity, relationship, and community in which both duty and virtue come to mind[3]. Pious[4] is close to the Latin word religio[5] meaning respect for what is sacred. Yet, W. Warde Fowler suggests that religio is not a virtue “but a feeling” (462). This would place it more along the lines of reverence in which the feeling leads a person to an action.”

William’s blog post What Is Piety seem to take a traditional approach to what people think of as religious. I think that it’s a rather safe position to take. I tend to stretch the meaning of religion to the boundaries of that emotion. Not so safe and if it wasn’t for the blog challenge I may not even write about it.

Here is another part of the post I find quite true

The Alamo
The Alamo

“The term “religious” tends towards manifesting right or true beliefs and observances.

This would lead me to the conclusion that religious beliefs and emotions include more than worshiping a god.

Wishing you the very best in life,
Andrew Ledford[/level-member]