What is a warrior?
There are many definitions for the word warrior. It can mean "a person who is known for being involved in warfare" such as a soldier, "someone who is known to have courage and skill" such as a firefighter, or it may mean "someone who is engaged in some struggle or conflict" such as a fighting implementation of a city ordinance. In the past, a warrior was known as a person who specialized in combat or warfare, usually as a part of a clan, tribe, kingdom, country, etc. Nowadays, being a warrior usually means you are a person who is strong and doesn't give up easily. You could be a warrior for Christ, a child battling cancer, or even a player for the Golden State Warriors.
A warrior is also someone who, rather than holding back or running away, charges into chaos and takes charge. A warrior does what’s right, not what’s popular. A warrior does not back down unless it is tactically required. A warrior stands up for the underdog. A warrior picks his or her battles to fight unless the fight comes to him or her.
Why are there warriors?
Society is like an egg. The core of an egg is soft and gooey and cannot exist or maintain its shape without being surrounded and protected by a hard shell. Society cannot exist and maintain its structure without being surrounded and protected by a hard shell of warriors.
Warriors are those who wage war. No matter your personal beliefs about war, whether you think it is ever good or whether it is ever a solution—war is inevitable—and anytime there is a war, warriors are needed to wage the war.
In every war, there are several categories of citizens:
- Those who are afraid to fight and run away.
- Those who refuse to fight for various reasons including it would interfere with their lifestyle.
- Those who accept war but do not believe in fighting, so they serve in other ways.
- Those who will fight if called but do not volunteer.
- Those who feel a duty to fight and will volunteer.
- Those who love to fight and will seek any opportunity to fight.
Warriors are those in the last two categories. Warriors not only feel a duty to fight, but they also love to fight.
Merely fighting does not make one a warrior. A warrior is a person whose calling is to fight. Just as some think they have been called to become ministers or priests, some think they were called to be warriors.
People are not born warriors; they must become warriors. Becoming a warrior is not as easy as completing a couple of months of military basic training. Although basic training is the first step in warrior training, it is not when a warrior’s training first begins. Training to become a warrior begins in infancy. Everything a child experiences and learns during his or her early years and years of growth helps determine whether the child will grow into a warrior or just another ordinary person. Warriors know early in their life that they are protectors.
Practically anyone may be trained to be soldier, marine, sailor, etc. but only an elite few can become warriors. Warriors are the ones who are trained to fight, can fight, have the will to fight, and, most of all, they view fighting as what they were always meant to do. Ordinary military personnel carry out their assigned duties to the best of their abilities, and, if those duties involve fighting, they will fight to the best of their abilities. Sometimes during their fighting, they are thrown into situations that demand heroic acts. When this occurs, most will do what is required and thus become heroes, either while alive or posthumously. Whereas warriors to not wait to be sent into harm’s way, they enthusiastically put themselves in harm’s way. They volunteer to fight and relish the time when they can fight. Warriors fight because that is what warriors do.
Most people in the United States realize that warriors are needed to wage wars, but some people have a distorted view of cause and effect. They think that warriors cause the effect of war. They think that if warriors were to cease to exist, there would be no war. A saying heard during the Vietnam War era was “What if they gave a war and nobody came?”
However, this is not a valid assumption. War causes the effect of a need for warriors. War is not declared by warriors, it is not funded by warriors, and warriors cannot declare an end to the war. All this is done by politicians, some of which may have once been warriors but have now become pure politicians, Senators John Murta and John McCain for example. Warriors neither seek war nor do seek peace; they do not start wars or end wars; they merely wage war.
Many have never been in a war, have never been trained for war, or have never been in an armed service, but they still have a warrior spirit. Their knowledge, experience, and sometimes training, such as martial arts training, have developed this spirit within them. They feel an obligation to fight against evil and bad things in general. They think must get involved; they cannot turn away. They realize there are human predators that must be kept at bay, stopped, or even eliminated. These predators will attack anyone, sometimes, even each other, but they prefer to attack the helpless, meek, and timid. Warriors protect everyone against human predators, without any regard for the race, religion, status, etc. of the persons they protect, or of the predators they fight.
Black belt warriors
Every black belt should be a warrior. Everyone, including black belts, who are members of an armed service are automatically warriors because trained to be one and they took an oath to be one. All black belts should be warriors but regrettably, nowadays, they are mostly just martial sports players.