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The Roles in Different Soul Ages - Part 3 (Warriors)


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Warriors as Infant Souls


When warriors come to mind, you often think of literal warriors, as in soldiers in a battlefield, but this is not the only way warriors can express themselves in tribal settings. Warriors as businessmen and businesswomen often are associated with modern times, but of course, there is still a practice of trade in ancient times as well as in tribal cultures today. Exchange was often done in the form of bartering, or exchanging goods without the use of money, based on what goods are seen of as equal in value. This is less in the young soul sense of acting as a warrior to fight for status, but here it is simply as a means to fight for survival, as well as to further serve their curiosities in exploring the physical world. They may be avid explorers of their tribes in general, often willing to explore deep into the forests, the jungles, the mountains, the desert, the cold, and more as a means of honoring nature at its harshest. Considering warriors are not that associated with spirituality, it might be helpful to mention that there is a mystical flavor to challenging themselves to move further into the great unknown. A type of spirituality born from defeating their fears and pressing forward with courage themselves. Here they seek to conquer themselves and their spiritual flaws from the discipline of overcoming their fears.


Warriors as Baby Souls


When baby warriors come to mind, I think of the chivalry of knights and the bushido, or Samurai code of the Japanese. For the example of women, there are the examples of Spartan women, who were better educated and encouraged to keep themselves as fit as their brothers, due to the warrior culture of Sparta, which was competing with the scholarly culture of Athens back in ancient times. There is also the case of women's roles in Viking culture, which often discouraged their roles as warriors of physical strength, but gave them the role of running the businesses, the money of the house, and their livelihood, since the men were away conquering the world. Baby warriors often focus on fighting for a certain system of code, whether out of religion or out of a cultural philosophy born out of tradition. Many traditions associated with the rewarding of strength, such as offering tribal tattoos to the precolonial warriors of Filipino culture based on their hunting prowess are present, and there are many more examples of warrior traditions and trials around the world as well. The classic genre of Epics, dedicate folk tales with the common theme between all types of cultures of a hero who is on a quest to face many trials, to bring his people to victory. Here, they are dedicated to the principles of warrior culture, often dedicated to protecting the weak, playing fair in battles, disciplining one's self through regular exercise and martial arts, and so on. Today, there is still a legacy of this type of attitude passed down to modern times, though protecting the weak no longer simply applies to people who look and act the same way as you.


Warriors as Young Souls


Young warriors have a bad rap, and while I do recognize their limits, it is also helpful to be objective in the sense of recognizing their worthwhile contributions as well. Similar to women in Viking culture, for example, women were forced to work jobs for the first time as their husbands left for World War II, and in this sense these warriors further fought for their right to keep those jobs even after. Women eventually began a basic education, because people believed as mothers, they had to be a good influence to their sons by displaying to them a level of intelligence as an example. Female warriors then made the effort to push for education beyond the simple use of parenting. Though just to take note, both male and female young warriors can still make good parents if they choose, as they are able to fight harshly to protect their young. Ellen Ripley, as portrayed in the movies Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986) for example, enjoyed the portrayal of someone who is both a strong warrior and a strong mother, willing to show any enemies to get the "hell out of the way!" if they're going to hurt who they love. Warrior fathers, can be similar, and is reflective in the "overprotective father," stereotype, but is not often associated with mothers. Young warriors though, often limit their defense to what they own, whether their own children, their own countries or their own business empires. Though still there is the harmful practice of being forced to shoulder all the burden of providing, as is the culture of men being taught not to show enough emotion, or even what is taught to women in young soul feminism today. Despite that, it is possible to be both nurturing and strong, if not to children, then friends, family and who they believe in. You can see this in the pressure of the working mother or the "woman who has to do it all", as in be perfect, and not able to ask for help in anyway to be considered a "feminist."


Warriors as Mature Souls


The mature warrior often develop a sense of defending and fighting for the rights of themselves, their loved ones and the people around them. They are sensitive to injustice, and work to fight for the weak, the voiceless and the powerless. Inside, the mature warrior has a deep feeling of weakness they do not often show, though since they accept it on some level instead of entirely suppressing it, this fuels their empathy for those who cannot defend themselves because inside, they relate to it on some manner. They also learn to use beyond brute strength and persistence, a level of resourcefulness, creativity and cleverness to work through various obstacles, though it will be difficult at first to learn how to not charge in to everything without a plan. For example, in the deaf community, originally there was no such thing as sign language. Deaf children were often thrown out in the streets, never to speak, but somehow over time, the deaf bonded together and created their own language through the use of their hands and gestures. This is how it is compared to being taught how to read lips, which are much harder for deaf people to practice, which was considered more "acceptable." It still is on some level today with discrimination, because not using sign language is considered "more normal" looking. Much can be made about warriors fighting for the disabled to simply use their bodies in a way they wish to communicate however they want as long as it doesn't harm people, such as suppressing the "stimming" of autistic people, simply because in a similar way to the deaf community, it doesn't look "normal." Mature warriors may also develop a taste of defending more abstract social issues than simply protecting the poor and the sick. It can also range through mental health issues such as body image, as you can see with the variety of teenage girls shouting angrily on social media today about people repeatedly judging women by their looks, or the very similar attitude of young people in general towards environmental issues. Though as they make progress in fighting for the rights of people, their impulsiveness still slows down the amount of progress they could make.


Warriors as Old Souls


The old warrior is set up with the task of learning that patience serves their battles, more than inhibits it. As necessary as it is to act very bluntly and coldly towards certain people on the extremes of abuse, who would not change in any other way combined with the risks of their dangerous crimes, the old warrior has to realize that people act in varying degrees of being able to change for the better. Some may simply require a polite note of constructive criticism. Others may require you prove yourself by showing a few results that your projects does work. This, while others may require a very gentle and restrained way of expressing disappointment to them, for it to work. It is recognizing that to fight for something, that as cheesy as it is, love is a type of power. Love is a type of strength, and it can be stronger than mere force, even for the service of good. It is recognizing and understanding with love that everyone has differences on how to work or persuade them, and that not every battle is worth fighting. Yes, it's true, that some people really deserve the consequences of their actions, but it is also true at the same time that it is best to turn the other cheek. It is the wisdom to discern when it is time to do which, is what the old warrior is tasked to do. The truth for the old warrior to realize is that it is best to change people when they want you to change them. When they like you, when they sincerely want to hear from you, and when they respect you because you respect them. Here, the old warrior realizes that challenges are not just for the means of competition, but also as a friendly rivalry for friends to challenge each other to do their best, like sports' athletes who are both harsh rivals and great friends at the same time. In challenging others for their own growth and allowing others to challenge you for your own growth, the old warrior realizes that perhaps the challenge to be good in the face of the world that tells you to be anything but that, is one of the scariest and harshest challenges to master today. No better challenge is fit for the old warrior.


Edited by LuckyFox
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