The Warrior Ethos The Warrior Ethos was written by Steven Predefines, it was published March 11, 2011. The book is listed under many different genre’s, such as; war, military, philosophy, self-help, and psychology. The Warrior Ethos is devised into three parts, thirty chapters and it’s roughly ninety pages long. Though the book is short, it describes history as far back as Adam and Eve and then it Jumps into the present day goings- ones. Mr… Predefines wrote The Warrior Ethos as an addition, almost an explanation to An Epic Novel of: The Battle of Thermopile: Gate of Fire.
He uses The Warrior Ethos as an explanation as to why the Spartan were so socially oriented around the warriors aspect of life, so unlike the Greeks, who thought creating beautiful artwork and architecture was the main focal point in life. The narration of this book isn’t really about any one character, it’s more of a history lesson given by the author. ‘The language of the Warrior Ethos is private. It speaks warrior to warrior and doesn’t care if outsiders get it or not. ‘ Ethos defined; the moral character, nature, disposition and customs of a people or culture.
Warrior Ethos defined; ‘counterpoise to fear,’ ‘directed inward to inspire us to contest against and defeat those enemies within our own hearts,’ ‘courage,’ ‘mandates respect for the enemy,’ the group comes before the individual,’ the willing and eager embracing of adversity,’ ‘death before dishonor,’ ‘commands that brute aggression be tempered and guided by moral principle,’all of these phrases define what The Warrior Ethos is trying to teach us. The Warrior Ethos is honor incarnate, the way of The Brotherhood, to many it was, and to some it still is, a way of life.
The book describes so many people and places and chock full of historical recollections that it’d be illogical to try and discuss them all, therefore, only a few will be mentioned. ‘The Spartan do not ask how many are the enemy but where are they. ‘ In The Warrior Ethos three stories were written about ‘Tough Mothers’ one of them stood out more than the others; ‘A Spartan mother handed her son his shield as he prepared to march off to battle. She said, ‘Come back with this or on it. In Sparta, if a youth was cowardly in battle his fiancee would leave him, if he was single e was never allowed to marry, and if he was already married he and his wife could never have children. His whole family became shunned by the community. ‘The maidens of Sparta were taught songs of ridicule with which to humiliate any young man who displayed want of courage in battle. When a warrior accused of being a “trembler” returned to the city, the pretty young girls clustered around him, mocking him and defaming him with these anthems of shame. ‘ In the book Mr… Predefines tells why King Leonia picked his 300 men.
King Leonia didn’t choose his men because they were fierce, or courageous, or because hey were warriors because that’s how all Spartan were made. They were chosen because of their women. The grandmothers, mothers, sisters, wives and daughters that would stand tall as they watched the men march off to certain death in the battle against the Persian King Xeroxes. The women of Sparta that wouldn’t fall to their knees with grief when they were brought news of their dead warrior, women who support Sparta, for if the Spartan women fell weeping to the ground so to would Sparta fall and soon after the fall of Sparta would Greece fall.
Fight for this alone: the man who stands at your shoulder. He is everything, and everything is contained within him. ‘ The Warrior Ethos explains why military personnel long to get back to their unit when they’re forced to return home because of a wound. How they want to finish the fight, the warrior that wants to return to the fight does so because they feel the familial ties between themselves and the men and women they were fighting next to. They feel the need to be at their side to protect them from harm. To conclude this summarization of The Warrior Ethos will be the most motivating tote from the book; We want action.
We seek to test ourselves. We want friends- real friends, who will put themselves on the line for us- and we want to do the same for them. We’re seeking some force that will hurl us out of our going-nowhere lives and into the feel world, into genuine hazard and risk. We want to be part of something we can be proud of. And we want to come out of the process as different (and better) people than when we were when we went in. We want to be men, not boys. We want to be women, not girls… We want a rite of passage. We want to grow up. ‘