A Warrior and A Scholar
The purpose of the blog, is to create a place to discuss fitness, health, mindset, literature, and travel. I believe that in order to be a Warrior Scholar one must be well versed in each arena. It is my goal to master these topics as much as possible in an attempt to continually self improve. I want to share ideas, thoughts, habits, and techniques in an effort to help you do the same, and together we can become the best versions of ourselves.
When I say the term “Warrior,” what do you think of? A Greek Hoplite? A Viking? A Navy SEAL? These are all warriors from throughout history, but what does it truly mean to be a “warrior.” Merriam Webster’s Dictionary states that a warrior is “a person who fights in battles and is known for having courage and skill.” I feel that this is a figurative and accurate description. To put it into context, it may have been more necessary for people, men in particular, to have been warriors in the past. This is not to say that women were not or are not warriors, but historically men have dominated the warrior caste. Primarily, safety and defense of ones’ tribe or community from other tribes, nations or brigands was a constant survival concern. People had to be warriors or be forced into slavery or worse. Ancient people did not have the technological, governmental, or law enforcement systems in place to afford for much else until the modern era. Even with the advancements of modern government and technology, violence still seems to dominate our society today. One could even argue with the countless headlines in the news of wars, genocides, murder and violence that we still live in a just as brutal, crude and primal a place as we lived in hundreds of years ago, making the need for warriors ever more relevant.
The Webster definition is open to interpretation as to which battles a person may fight or in which arena they show courage or skill. Perhaps people may be ‘Knitting Warrior’ or a ‘Baking Warrior.’ People fight battles in the field, the kitchen, the board room, or hospital room. For the purpose of this blog I would like to view a warrior in a broad but traditional sense. I view a warrior as a person who is “prepared both mentally and physically not only to attack the modern daily tasks at hand, but to defend themselves, their families, and their country.” A combination of ancient necessity with a modern twist.
You don’t have to be in the military or law enforcement to be a warrior. It may be even more important to be a warrior if you are not in either of these professions because you have not undergone the same types of training they do. Also, one could argue that there are some in these professions who are not warriors, but the institutions themselves are built strongly on the traditions of warriors. Even if a person is not a professional warrior, they can train both mind, body and spirit to perform like one. Even if you do not have the training and mental toughness that Special Operators embody, you can still be prepared, in control, and ready for action. (Disclaimer: I am not parading as the ultimate warrior, I am not a special operator. I am not claiming that one will traverse mountains and snipe bad guys like one from reading my blogs. Special Operators are professional warriors, they live and breathe everything surrounding war. One will never truly be one unless you join their elite force.) I do believe one can live a warrior lifestyle through one’s fitness, training, and mindset. This will be our journey together.
Then there is the scholar. The thinker. The scientist. The philosopher. What does it mean to be a scholar? Webster Dictionary dictates a scholar as, “a person who has studied a subject for a long time and knows a lot about it : an intelligent and well-educated person who knows a particular subject very well.” You do not need to have letters after your name to be a scholar, intellect, a thinker or someone who is well-versed in pertinent topics. Scholars are men and women who have gone through hundreds of hours of formal education to receive their formal titles. Much like the professional warriors they live and breathe all forms of scholarship. One does not need to spend every waking hour researching some abstract science to be a scholar. One can live a scholarly mindset through their love of literature, critical thinking, and experiencing culture. These are our other topics of interest.
The Warrior Scholar
These two types of experts could never embody one person, right? Most people want to place others into nice stereotypical categories. Like kids in high school who get placed into distinct social groups, jocks, nerds, hipsters, etc. People then carry these beliefs into their adult lives. They believe that people can be just one type of professional. They forget that people are not cutouts. We are capable of so much more than the lame standards that society places upon us. People do not have to be stereotypical Hollywood cutouts of strapping G.I. Joes or scrawny scientists in lab coats. We can merge many qualities of both the Warrior and the Scholar. We can be a renaissance man or woman. We can embody the preparedness of a warrior with the thinking of a philosopher. There have been warrior philosophers Marcus Aurelius, Sun Tzu, Carl Von Clausewitz, Alexander the Great. We can use them as historical lessons. My goal is to show you my journey, as we strive to become the best Warrior Scholars possible.