Skip to comments.Stoic Philosophy and the Profession of Arms
Posted on 01/25/2010 5:27:13 PM PST by ventanax5
In the new millennium Western militaries spend a great deal of their resources on training and arming uniformed professionals for the instrumental rigours of operational service. Most modern armed forces equip their personnel with the latest body armour, the best protected vehicles and the most sophisticated counter-explosive electronics, as well as expending millions of dollars acquiring the most advanced medical services for those physically wounded or maimed. Much less time is devoted to providing military personnel with existential or inner armamentswith the mental armour and philosophical protection that is necessary to confront an asymmetric enemy who abides by a different set of cultural rules. Much is also made in todays Western political and military circles about the need to relearn counter-insurgency with its central tenet of winning hearts and minds among contested populations. Yet little is done to provide Western military professionals with sufficient moral philosophy to protect their own hearts and minds against the rigours of contemporary warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Amen. And anyone else for that matter.
Character is Fate.
A magnificent post.