When it comes to codes and “Warrior ethos” I often see the “well they didn’t really live like that” response. To which I say “well naturally so”. Codes are more Ideals to be lived up to rather than laws. These Codes are the ideals that “Warriors” use to carry them through the, “why am I here doing this?” moments. Its the Marine “esprit de corps” that makes them Marines, sets them apart, and is in part a component of what allows the Marines to accomplish what they have. The historic Knights didn’t “live” the Chivalric code 100%, anymore than the Samurai “lived” the Bushido Code. But who could withstand the fear of death with the cynical mindset of “Im here as a tool of national policy and my death here will really have no meaning.” without losing their sanity? People seem to expect those who put themselves in dangerous situations, for at least what they believe to be the “greater good”, to take no pride in what they do. Much like people who want to say that in my line of work that Im not really a “Protector and defender” as much as Im a paper pusher who just shows up to pick up the pieces. Why put up with the fear that the guy you just pulled over has a .357 in his lap, or the next domestic you walk into may be the one you never walk out of, with that kind of mindset? As arrogant as this next bit sounds, I think a lot of it comes from people who consider their lives “less than exciting/adequate” and want to minimize what others do, to negate the foundation of what keeps them going back to work day after day.