emotional intelligence in the military
Emerson wrote that:
“Great men, great nations, have not been boasters and buffoons, but perceivers of the terror of life, and have manned themselves to face it.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The root meaning of the word ‘army’ is to join or fit together. To arm or to tool up.
Every failure to cope with a life situation must be laid, in the end, to a restriction of consciousness. Wars and temper tantrums are the makeshifts of ignorance; regrets are illuminations come too late.
When armies have their sights trained on an enemy, that which is upright and good in man has been buried 'neath a narrative of extremes and polarization. Abraham Lincoln once wrote:
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
When armies have a loftier vision, a different unfolding is possible, no, inevitable. They can be part of the unfolding of a different stream. One that bridges divides, not alienates. This is the ultimate destiny of all powerful things.