There is probably no one in the country who has not heard of the chaos currently happening in Ferguson, Missouri. I confess to knowing little about the case. I know that Officer Wilson is said to have shot and killed Michael Brown. I know that people have reported rioting, looting and all-out chaos erupting over the recent court decision. Regardless of what your opinion of the situation is, there is one angle you have not examined Ferguson from. It is one that warriors have considered and continue to ponder. The importance of living in the battleground.
You may have noticed that I sign all my blogs with "Live in the Battleground". Ferguson is a prime example as to why true warriors always live in the battleground. Chaos and violence can erupt at any time. Living in the battleground means that you are aware of this. All grounds are potential battle grounds. Afghanistan is not the only battleground, and employed Soldiers are not always the only combatants on the battlegrounds of life. Ferguson was turned into a real-life battleground with all manner of violence being done by citizen against citizen.
Urban areas are particularly susceptible to this type of chaos. If you live in such an area, take extra precaution to live in the battleground. The mindset is meant to remind the warrior to stay vigilant and to perpetually train and prepare for violence. If you over prepare, and never face violence, you are no worse for the wear. But if you fail to train, fail to prepare and do not mentally live in the battleground, violence is much more likely to devastate you.
Living in the battleground is a mindset warriors adopt in order to always remain aware. Awareness is the warrior's greatest friend and if you consider all grounds to be battlegrounds, you will stay aware.
This does not mean you are paranoid. It simply means you watch and observe. You pay attention. You look where and at things others wouldn't look at. You ask good questions and face reality by admitting your vulnerability. Living in the battleground promotes the actions of a vigilant warrior.
Ferguson is one of the ways violence can rear its ugly head. Mass rioting and looting. Vandalism and arson. Those who were prepared and who had the mindset of a warrior largely have survived unscathed. Some of those who were not prepared or those who were unaware have suffered at the hands of attackers. Which would you rather be? The prepared warrior, or the unprepared victim? Either way, you live on the battleground each day, the real question is, do you live IN it?
Live in the battleground,
The Warrior Speaker Blog is a collection of warrior lessons Alexander has learned in addition to practical information about protecting yourself and all that you deem most personal.