Warriors must strive to be scholars as well as fighters. They must be warrior poets. Video with John Lovell
“The nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards; its fighting done by fools”. Widely attributed to Thucydides in books and online [regretfully I perpetuated this misinformation in my video] - this quote is from Sir William Francis Butler, Charles George Gordon (1889), p. 85, where it reads: "The nation that will insist on drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards."
General James “Mad Dog” Mattis sometimes called “the warrior monk” travels everywhere with a library of 6,000 books. He is a student of history, a tenacious fighter, a pragmatic philosopher, and a war strategist. Warriors must be readers. Great fighters and officers must be students. The stakes are too high, as our ignorance could cost lives that might have been prevented simply by education. In this video I call upon the wisdom from Thucydides, Sun Tzu and his book ‘The Art of War’, Col John Boyd, Dave Grossman, Paul Howe, General Mattis, GK Chesterton, C.S Lewis, Karl Marx (in the negative), George Orwell’s book 1984, and more.
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