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Created on 2017-04-17 18:53:00 (#3121526), last updated 2017-08-13 (2 days ago)

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Name:warriorsavant
Location:Usually Montreal, Quebec in Canada. Sometimes NYC in USA
In modern times, we have foolishly insisted on a separation between the Warriors and the Savants. Universities are full of savants who will babble endlessly about society, but never defend it. Militaries are full of warriors who will babble endlessly about defending their society, but not understand it. To quote Thucydides: "The nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors, will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools."

Actually, in modern America, we have a highly educated military, with more Savants in the U.S. Army than there are Warriors in universities (can you say "effete ivory tower pseudointellectual," boys and girls?).

It was not always such. Leaders were expected to lead in war and peace; the true citizen expected to understand the body politic and be prepared to defend it. Some shining examples:
SOCRATES was a hoplite before he was a philosopher
WALTER REED was a battalion surgeon before he was a researcher
JOHN MCCRAE was an artilleryman before he was a doctor and a poet
JOSHUA CHAMBERLAIN was a college professor before he was soldier

ADDENDUM - CAST OF CHARACTERS:
- Warriorsavant - Hi! That's me. I'm more family man than warrior these days.
- Nom - my kind, lovely, smart, and lovely wife. Accountant and homemaker
- Hedgefund - our daughter and (so far as I know) first born.
- Wallstreet - our son and (so far as we're currently planning) last born.
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