Hennie wrote:Feels to me like you are repeating "The Ethics of A Soldier" or some lessons given to you by your superiors..
No offence intended Sir, but I don't really see how you can justify your statement, given all that she said with regards to the subject of this thread. I'm quoting her again so that we may re-read the points Avariel made, which IMO are summed up very well. I felt that the second paragraph especially made very good points for this thread. See below -
Having served in Iraq and having killed others, (all who were definitely strangers to me), I don't think it's as simple as "spiritual = non-warrior, non-spiritual = warrior." Taking the life of another is not a simple matter of "Ok I'm going to kill now," nor is it rarely a matter of just mindlessly doing what you're told. ESPECIALLY in combat; battle is such a mash of noise, sound, instinctive action and the training you've received, as well as the emotions and intellect that you try to keep under control throughout in order to keep your friends and those who are depending on you alive. We who are soldiers, and who have served, are not mindless wardogs, to be released on the enemy slavering without thought to what we're doing. We carry the weight of death on our shoulders and the knowledge of what humans can do to one another for those who choose not to fight. Someone has to. And I think that many soldiers end up being MORE spiritual for their experiences and not less so.
Let me ask you; if you truly think that war can't possibly integrate into the life of a spiritual person, then why do we as druids have The Morrigan as a war goddess? Why pay any homage at all to the apparently base and unspiritual practice of battle? Had I not walked the battlefield, I would not be the woman I am today; I would not realize how fragile or precious life truly is, and how easily we can destroy it. But because I do not shrink from killing someone who definitely has their sights set on killing me, does that mean that I am not a spiritual person? I don't think so at all, and I think that such experiences can only lend to the spiritual walk of a person, not detract from it.
Do I like war? Do I like killing? Certaintly not. Does being spiritual and a professed killer as well mean that I may suffer sometimes, and that I've been changed irrevocably, because I'm spiritually aware of my actions and the pain that they have caused other? Do I carry the weight of what I've had to do, and what others have had to do to me? Yes. That is why they call serving your country a "sacrifice."[/quote]