Soldiers and Marines walk through rotor wash from a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter as they move toward a Forward Operating Base in the village of Darrah-I-Bum, Badghis Province, Afghanistan Jan. 5, 2011. The cadre of personnel accompanied the International Security Assistance Force Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Marvin L. Hill on a visit to the Marines, sailors, and Soldiers of Special Operations Task Force-West living and working in Darrah-I-Bum. (U.S. Marine photo/Sgt. Brian Kester)

Sylvester Stallone created an entire career playing the Warrior archetype, first in the Rocky series and then more directly in the Rambo series. We are fascinated by stories about the warrior archetype, but what happens when you take the warrior out of the war zone?

“Teach a man to kill, as in war, and then you have to recondition him later.
“But during these same wars we also develop another type. He is the born commando, the secret agent, the expendable man who lives on action. There are not many of this kind, and they are potent weapons. In peacetime that particular collection of emotions, nerve, and skills becomes a menace to the very society he has fought to preserve during a war. He is pressured by the peaceful environment into becoming a criminal or a misfit.
 “…History is sentimental about that type–when he is safely dead–but the present finds him difficult to live with.  -Andre Norton, The Time Traders

Writing Prompt: Create a character based on the warrior archetype and place him into a peaceful setting.

Journaling Prompt: Write about someone you know with a strongly expressed warrior archetype.

Art Prompt: Warrior

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience what you believe makes a person a warrior.

Photo Credit: The U.S. Army on Flickr

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