The Mature Warrior Identity

The role of warrior has a high, noble, and honorable status. In traditional societies, such as our Native Americans, when on the hunt, when camp was being moved, and in times of activity or trouble, it was the warriors who were responsible for making sure all the people were safe and cared for.

 A veteran does not become a warrior merely for having gone to war. A veteran becomes a warrior when he or she learns to carry his or her war skills and vision in mature ways.

A veteran  becomes a warrior when he or she has been set right with life again.

 A warrior’s first priority is to protect life rather than destroy it.

The warrior serves the nation in peace as well as in war-making and dissuades the people from suffering the scourges of war unless absolutely necessary.

The warrior uses the fearlessness he or she has developed to help keep sanity, generosity, and order alive in his culture.

A warrior disciplines the violence within.  Internally and externally, he or she stares violence in the face and makes it back down.

A warrior serves spiritual and moral principles, which he or she places higher than the self.

Every veteran’s inner warrior desires to be called forth and honored by a tribe, the community of citizens that has been protected and guarded. Although our culture currently does not evoke it, this desire persists and is at the heart of healing from the effects of war.

– from War and the Soul , by Edward Tick

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