“Any nation which draws too broad a difference between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools.” ~Thucydides
Its easy to envision the warrior as an overzealous, testosterone infused, rage machine only hell bent on destruction. Its even easier to portray the scholar as an aging, pretentious, ivory tower elitist, digging through obscure scrolls and texts in insolation. In order for civilization, and us to progress as individuals, the mind set that you’re either/or must cease.
The warrior: whether he be a Soldier, Marine, Sailor, or Airman; must be willing to educate himself in the ways of the world. He must not only know how to fight, but why he fights. He must come to terms that sharping his mind and increasing his knowledge is every bit as important as keeping his shot groups tight and his body strong.
The scholar: whether he be in academia or an armchair intellectual, must acknowledge that only feeding the mind, while letting the body decay is a great heresy to nature. History may have been written by the scholars, but the warriors were its creators. Intellectual discussion and theory is grand, but the warriors actions and application of ideas will win the day.
The scholar and the warrior are men with their own ambitions, motives, and agendas. Each fighting a personal war within themselves and the world. It’s not enough to just be warrior or scholar, one must become both. Without the thinking of the scholar and the doing of the warrior, he will falter and face defeat on the battlefield of life.
Being a warrior-scholar doesn’t mean one has to be a member of the military or academia, but rather embrace the warrior-scholar spirit and mindset. It means being physically and mentally tough enough to overcome the trials and tribulations of life. It means being mentally versatile and resourceful enough to find solutions to each common and unique problem life puts in front of you. There will always be times where mind will triumph over matter and others where matter will beat the mind. Why not have both as an asset?