Sed omnia praeclara tam difficilia quam rara sunt
"Everything great is just as difficult to realize as it is rare to find"
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
Baruch Spinoza “Ethics”
I define a warrior as someone with character, extolling virtues of selflessness, courage, love of others, and duty. There is nothing in the world that guarantees fairness or justice. Warriors act out of love of their family, their community, their tribe, their nation. Not all warriors are in the military. Some are found in picket lines, in protest rallies, in tree-sits, working in the factory for a family back home, or running into burning buildings. Not all warriors involve force of violence, but instead for force of non-violence.
What makes the Armed Forces of the U.S. the best are that they represent the values of our great nation. I say this not as a political pundit, but recognizing the incredible history of painful growth our nation has endured, learning its lessons, reaching for higher manifestations of the ideals we hold sacred in this country. We have not arrived as those ideas, but it is our ever trying to live up to them that gives us our greatness. And the members of our Armed Forces embody that. Ever ready, they stand to defend this country against all enemies.