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March 29, 2017

"The truth is too holy, too sacred for words."

Former Marine and author Steven Pressfield put it this way in Gates of Fire:
What can be more noble than to slay oneself? Not literally. ... But to extinguish the selfish self within, that part which looks only to its own preservation, to save its own skin. ... When a warrior fights not for himself, but for his brothers, when his most passionately sought goal is neither glory nor his own life’s preservation, but to spend his substance for them, his comrades, not to abandon them, not to prove unworthy of them, then his heart truly has achieved contempt for death, and with that he transcends himself and his actions touch the sublime. That is why the true warrior cannot speak of battle save to his brothers who have been there with him. The truth is too holy, too sacred for words. Posted by: Donald Sensing

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Maybe that's why Jesus said, "He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it." Matt 10:39

Posted by: Denny at March 29, 2017 4:13 PM

One cannot put war into words. A battle isn't words, it is in the senses. It is the sounds of the dying calling out, the noise the smell of burnt flesh, of blood, piss and exposed bowels. It's the cordite, and incidental fires started from the numerous rounds that landed. It's seeing a leg with no body attached or the vacant stare of dead eyes.
All this comes through ears deafened by the compounded roar of detonating incoming and the rattle of small arms.

What words express that? If you haven't lived through it, you'll never know for words cannot convey that ugliness, that cannot be removed from your mind. That bell was rung...

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at March 30, 2017 4:42 AM

Jesus also said, "This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends."

Posted by: Hank1102 at March 30, 2017 10:46 AM

The greatest Japanese swordsman of all time, Miyamoto Musashi, once said that the way of the warrior was the resolute acceptance of death in the service to his master.

Not sure why, but it made me think of Jesus.

Posted by: edaddy at March 30, 2017 6:40 PM

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