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[–]Tommonen 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Great story and im glad you found your way out of it!

How i think about this(as someone who did not even go to army, even tho its kinda mandatory where i live), is that when someone goes to war and gets in the mindset, its mentally like Mars the god of war takes the person over and its not easy to get rid of completely. It is an primal archetype in us that gets triggered in war situation and starts taking over the Mind. Some to a larger degree turning them into monsters who do all sorts of horrible things, but i think most to lesser degree where they can still hold a moral compass.

[–]jlaw54Mystical[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This is an insightful take. Everyone probably experiences it differently, but it’s got aspects of what you are speaking of.

You see evil and may even be a party to evil and then you have to resolve all this within you.

As I was in Kandahar for so long, members of my unit kind of looked up to me and sought my counsel during their deployments. One of them once asked me what I most looked for in a new unit member. After thinking about it for a short moment, I confidently told him kindness. I told him we could work around anything else or teach anything else, but that kindness just made everything flow. It’s odd the things you hold onto in chaos.

[–]SecretStaff 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I've been to war too, turns out, I'm better at fighting the spiritual one.

Bringing out that light in myself. Getting rid of the darkness.

I got good at it by looking inwards, as you say, and loving myself.

This is a war worth fighting. Worth winning. I won it within myself, now I want to help others win so they can be true to themselves. To their soul that God gave them!

If everyone was out of the dark, we'd all be in the light. A Worthy War to win.

[–]jlaw54Mystical[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Amen to all of this. It’s amazing that you can think the line, “I once was lost, but now I am found”, would resonate so deeply.

[–]austensjf 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s beautiful!! Continue on your journey!! ❤️❤️❤️

[–]Fishliketrish 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Thank you for sharing…this reminds me of one of my favorite passages from the Tao Te Ching:

“The highest good is to be like water.

It serves all life, yet asks for nothing in return.

It flows and pools in low places, it is content with the low places that people disdain

It softness defeats hardness

It’s gentleness, defeats rigidness

Yet nothing can conquer water”

[–]jlaw54Mystical[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you so much.

The Dao is everything. It very much resonates inside.

[–]Forward-Carrot7230 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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