Marlantes: The Psychology of the Young Warrior

“The psychology of the young warrior is, I think, almost entirely related to hearth and kin. You can subvert that into patriotism and nationalism if you’re clever and work at it long enough, but I’d been detoxified. Upon being asked back then if I’d ever fight again, I remember saying yes, I would, when the enemy crossed the local river. I’ve since extended my geographical constraints: metaphorically, it is better for my family if the fighting is on the other side of the river.”

– Karl Marlantes, What It Is Like to Go to War


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