Fighting

The Art of Manliness had a good blog post on fighting recently. Here is an excerpt from Thomas Hughes written in 1857.

After all, what would life be without fighting, I should like to know? From the cradle to the grave, fighting, rightly understood, is the business, the real, highest, honestest business of every son of man. Every one who is worth his salt has his enemies, who must be beaten, be they evil thoughts and habits in himself or spiritual wickedness in high places, or Russians, or Border-ruffians, or Bill, Tom, or Harry, who will not let him live his life in quiet till he has thrashed them.

It is no good for Quakers, or any other body of men, to uplift their voices against fighting. Human nature is too strong for them, and they don’t follow their own precepts. Every soul of them is doing his own piece of fighting, somehow and somewhere. The world might be a better world without fighting, for anything I know, but it wouldn’t be our world; and therefore I am dead against crying peace when there is no peace, and isn’t meant to be. I’m as sorry as any man to see folk fighting the wrong people and the wrong things, but I’d a deal sooner see them doing that, than that they should have no fight in them.

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Above all I am a Christian Hedonist pursuing my ultimate satisfaction and joy in God. This blog contains postings about what God is teaching me through his Word, is an outlet for some of my photography, and will occasionally include stories about my experiences as a deputy sheriff on patrol. View all posts by justicetheline

One response to “Fighting

  • D.B. Phillips

    Very good post. Being a veteran I tend to see things in the prism of combat, fighting or war. It just makes sense; sometimes out of the (seemingly) senseless. We, as Christians, are in a constant state of war. I war against the flesh and the evil of this world; what ever form it may take (Islamo fascism, infanticide, narcoterrorism, all types of “spiritual wickedness” or even those damned “Russians” [lol]). I have found that my watchword has become 2 Cor 10:3-5.

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