Whether you’re gearing up for combat on the battlefield (or just getting ready for a game of airsoft), there are certain tactics and strategies that one must observe. However, physical preparation is only half of the struggle. To be fully prepared for combat, one must be prepared mentally to be all-in as well. This quote is something I think about before clearing a room, or just before heading into the fray.
“War, not peace, produces virtue. War, not peace, purges vice. War, and preparation for war, call forth all that is noble and honorable in a man. It unites him with his brothers and binds them in a selfless love, eradicating the in the crucible of necessity all which is base and ignoble. There in the holy mill of murder the meanest of men may seek and find that part of himself, concealed beneath the corrupt, which shines forth brilliant and virtuous, worthy of honor before the gods.”
Polynikes, from Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield