The American Battling Mindset
by Patrick Roberts 12/14/2007 / World Affairs
We Americans have warriors' blood running through our veins. Violence is programmed into our national DNA. We function by battling. This comes in handy in our military exploits as well as in everyday situations.
The United States came into being after the Revolutionary War through blood-soaked steel and flesh-tearing bullets. Then we plowed our way to the Pacific, combating both people and nature. Through violent coercion we secured the rest of what is now mainland America.
Then the two World Wars intensified our identity as a militaristic people. World War II seemed to indicate that we can achieve economic dominance over the world through war. But this is wrong. This false belief has led us astray ever since the second bomb dropped on Japan. Our misguidedness is evident by the fact that ever since the end of "The War to End All Wars" we have not stopped warring. After the War our national identity became too militaristic. We came together to battle against tyranny. Afterwards we were reluctant to put down our weapons because warring had become an end in itself.
We entered WWII out of necessity, to preserve our liberty. We were almost onto something bigger but then we lost it. We almost stumbled onto something worth fighting for but we quickly ran off track.
Our inbred, battling mindset can applied for productive purposes. We should battle to stay optimistic as we work at our jobs. We should battle to improve ourselves and the world around us. Daily life is a battle. Business is a battle. Faith in God is a battle. We should battle to stay mentally and spiritually pure. We should battle for justice in the public arena as much as in our private lives.
Our raging success in WWII distracted us. We became drunk with economic advancement. Spirits were high. It was all good. Then the veterans started to age. The baby-boomers came to power. Comfort and wealth became ends in themselves. We involved ourselves in an endless stream of international conflicts to secure our international prowess. We became increasingly involved in undeclared wars, invading preemptively rather than defensively. Since we forgot what to battle for, we just battled.
The secret to the Allies' success in World War II was their motivation for fighting. Americans wouldn't have joined the war voluntarily, mind you, we didn't join the war out of charity. It just so happens that Japan made it obvious who was the oppressor and who was the oppressed. Fighting for the side of justice was unavoidable.
So is our grip on morality so slipper that we need another Pearl Harbor every ten years to put us in our place? Wow can we know what justice is? Who or what is our moral anchor? Morality is not necessarily logical, so our intellects won't help us. We can't coerce morality so we might as well stop looking for another national tragedy every year for inspiration. Our guide for justice and morality must be not-of-this-world. Our point of reference must be someOne holy.
As of now we Americans are distracted. Outwardly we claim to battle for justice while we compromise our morals at home. We can't remember what's valuable or worth battling for anymore because we don't ask God. Unsurprisingly, money has become our end-all. If we battle for anything, it is to accumulate wealth. Average folks will do anything to get rich quick. People in power, whether political or in business, will compromise themselves and everyone around them for another buck.
But there is a way to battle for what's right. We will battle for what's right when we genuinely desire righteousness.
Only God can make us desire righteousness.
There is also a morally upright way to have cahones. When God develops in us an insatiable thirst for justice, then the courage to battle for justice won't be far off.