Being a warrior runs deep in the modern southern gentleman’s heritage. Southern men were always prepared to defend the defenseless and never abandon a fight before it was finished. Whether it was the Civil War or a black man defending his family against the Klan.
One example is Eli Pinson Landers of Gwinnett county Georgia. He left home in August of 1861 to join the Confederate Army when he was just nineteen. Eli wrote letters to his mother during his time fighting the war to let her know what was going on. He gives a perfect example of what it means to be a Warrior in a letter written less than a month before his death,
..I may never see you nor my home again but if I never do I can’t help it. I expect to be a man of Honor to our country at the risk of my life. I don’t want to be a disgrace to myself nor my relations..
Your affectionate son, E.P. Landers (from gacivilwar.org)
E.P. Landers was 21 years old but he already understood he had been pre-wired as a man to be a warrior.
So what is a warrior? Any man who fights the good fight.
There’s a difference between being a warrior and a bully. Everybody’s seen “that” guy. The one who will fight at the drop of hat. But that’s not a warrior. A warrior knows there are some things worth fighting for while others aren’t worth getting out of bed for. A true warrior knows how to tell the two apart.
Your family and friends are looking for warriors.
We’ve raised a generation of men brainwashed into thinking being a warrior is evil. Now we’re reaping the consequences.
- Biological males beating on women
- Two-bit terrorists causing our leaders to quake in their boots
- Activists screaming words like “racist” and “bully” at anyone who disagrees with them because they know they can get away with it.
All because we’re running out of Warriors.
I don’t believe men don’t want to be warriors. I believe it’s because most men think they don’t have what it takes to be a warrior.
Yes, you do.
Being a warrior is not about physical size or ability to put some guy in an arm bar. Being warrior is a state of mind that any man can develop.
No man is born a warrior or average. Each man makes himself into one or the other by the choices he makes.
You and I are going to learn what those choices are over the coming weeks.
But for now let’s all agree that being a warrior is central to being a man and that it means it’s worth our attention.