I have been looking at the concept of the warrior for the last few days, and an insight hit me. All these years I had been preparing my body for war on a physical battlefield. Practicing martial arts, running, and training myself and others for the battles that life would bring. I have attempted to push myself to my physical limits through fasting, exposure to the elements, through personal trials and tribulations. I realized that all these things are important, but this was just a part of my warrior training. For years, I have been reciting the definition of a warrior to myself like a mantra, " a warrior is one who is experienced and/or involved with conflict," not realizing directly that I was just defining half of the battle that a true warrior fights. Modern media would have us believe that a warrior only confronts his enemy on a battlefield, a physical battlefield and exchanges mortal blows with his opponents. When the fact of the matter is that war takes place on all levels. Although this is not a new idea, for me or to those that have been following the Journey, it is worth reflecting on.
When we look at the definition of a warrior that is taught in Gye-Nyame (stated above) we can see that the key word in that phrase is 'conflict' not war. Conflict happens to us on all levels physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and intutional. By not focusing on all these parts of ourselves, we fall prey to our enemies.
The part I want to focus on is the mental. Today we still have borders that need to be physically protected, but we also live in a time of the mind. This mind of ours produces ideas, and these ideas need to be protected. These Ideas are the brand new frontier, the brand new territory that needs protecting. How do we protect these ideas, what is the weapon of the modern age? We can easily say the "mind" and leave it at that, but now we have to look at what is the sword and shield of our mind. How do we launch an attack or defend the borders of our new frontier, our territory? The weapon of this age is the written word. A warrior must learn to yield these words with the same accuracy that he would do with a sword, arrow, or bullet. The written word yields a power that is unbelievable, but attainable for all warriors who are willing to practice. We have to begin to write, and from writing comes more ideas, and these ideas come together and begin to create territory called books, blogs, websites, etc.... These territories at this moment like their physical counterparts can produce wealth for their holders, and protectors. They, like the fruit of the tree have to be nurtured, or the gold and oil have to be refined so that they can be traded for other goods.
I have been busy training my warriors to protect our physical borders and this part of the training has taken a back seat. This type of training is not exciting enough to hold the focus of the undedicated, but right now it is the most important part of the training. Our intellectual borders are under attack, and we don't have the wo/man power to defend them. We don't have enough warriors to pick up the pen and write us through this war today.
From this day, every new member of this tribe will begin their training in yielding the weapon of the scribe, They will become the new warriors our tribe needs.
Peace & humid years
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