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The Warrior in the Modern Age

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Excerpted from the book, A Masters Guide to the Way of the Warrior

By Stefan H. Verstappen

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"Long, continuous periods of peace and prosperity have always brought about the physical, mental, and moral deterioration of the individual."
Bradley A. Fiske, The Art of Fighting

The phrase, The Way of the Warrior, has its origins in ancient history and even pre-history and mythology. So what relevance does this school of thought have in modern society?

The relevance turns out to be of vital importance to everyone since without warriors, tyranny and slavery is the result. Tyrannies throughout history have a repeated pattern of doing everything they can to eliminate warriors from their populations.

The reasons are obvious; warriors are the ones that always stir up trouble for tyrants. They are the ones that will speak out against oppression, that will stand up to cruelty, and that will fight and die for freedom.

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Warriors are also the grassroots leaders around whom disgruntled citizens will gather and unite to provide a unified front against injustice.

Warriors are self-reliant and not easily swayed by mob thinking or peer pressure, and less likely to be influenced by lies and propaganda.

Warriors are also trained to perceive threats and dangers and are thus the first to discover a tyrant's sinister scheme.

All these qualities make warriors anathema to psychopathic power structures.

Without the local leadership, courage, and critical thinking warriors provide for their communities, the rest of the population is rudderless and thus easily manipulated and controlled by the state.

Warriors are like the white blood cells in society's immune system. Whenever foreign invaders or disease enters the body, the white blood cells attack to defend the body. Without warriors in a society, that society becomes vulnerable to foreign invaders or disease from the inside

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As in every civilization in the past, our current regimes are doing everything in their power to rid our culture of the positive masculine principles embodied in the way of the warrior.

Instead of a warrior's self-reliance, we are told to depend on the state.

Instead of a warriors' courage we are told to be in constant fear by the state.

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Stefan Verstappen is a Canadian writer, researcher, and adventurer. He has published six books and several dozens of articles on a variety of subjects. His latest book is, The Art of Urban Survival.
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