A thoughtful op-ed from our own Howard Roark:
Renaissance of the Modern Gentleman, 15 May 2019
I viewed a video earlier of a woman shoving an elderly man out of a bus and killing him because he had the temerity to ask her to be more civil to people. While that violent act was horrible and unwarranted, to me the real horror was the absolute failure of anyone else present to take some action to intervene.
Let me explain as succinctly as I can a concept that has defined me, as well as the members of my family, for as long as I can remember. We’ve always chosen to be warriors. Not fighters, per se, although some of us have indeed been that as well, and excelled at it. No, by “warrior,” I mean “Someone who seeks to understand and ultimately conquer conflict, be it within himself or externally within the world around him.”
More often than not, the battlefield is your own fear, insecurity, anxiety, uncertainty, etc. Those battles rage all the time. Finding the courage to tell the truth when a lie would be easier. Finding the courage to be yourself when it would be easier just to play the social chameleon. Warriors (as I define them) seek understanding of conflict, which means they tend to be exceptionally introspective people. They not only know themselves but can articulate the parts of their minds and spirits that usually hide in the dark corners of more timid souls. Because they wade willingly into their own inner battles, they have great emotional intelligence, empathy, and the ability to see conflicts from all sides.
They also have a highly developed sense of right and wrong. They have the confidence to act, even when no one else around them will. They have the resolve to stand firm on what is right even when others question it or try to back them down. The reason? They don’t fear conflict.
What stops your average person from getting involved or doing the right thing in a situation like that? Fear. Fear of reprisal, fear of judgment, fear of liability – they sit still because still is safe, and it’s invisible. But not a warrior. He (or she) is not only willing to act despite all those possible consequences that paralyze others, he’s compelled to act. He is compelled to move toward the conflict and conquer it.
Had there been one single warrior on that bus (apart from the old man himself, that is), that bus would have been stopped, aid would have been given, and the police would have their perpetrator. To me, it’s a clear case of why we should be teaching those warrior virtues to our children, and embracing them ourselves. It doesn’t create a warlike culture or an aggressive culture. On the contrary, it creates an honorable culture that looks out for one another. It’s the absolute opposite of the PC, entitlement, don’t offend and don’t get involved nonsense we see around us so often today.
Ok. Thus endeth the rant.