what its like to go to war …….

“Many will argue that there is nothing remotely spiritual in combat.

consider this.

Mystical or religious experiences have four common components :

  • constant awareness of one’s own inevitable death,
  • total focus on the present moment,
  • the valuing of other people’s lives above one’s own,
  • and being a larger part of a larger religious community such as the Sangha, Ummah or the church.

all four of these exist in combat.

the big difference is that the mystic sees heaven and the warrior sees hell.

whether combat is the dark side of the same vision, or something equivalent in intensity,

i simply dont know.”

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