be rather than appear


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“Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.”
-Baltasar Gracian

“Heroism” or “warriorship” is in the DOING of something, not in the practice of something. You cant proclaim yourself a hero, others call you one for what you have done. I think Warriorship is much the same thing.

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  1. This stands to reason when you consider the terminology in the modern service.

    You are a ‘recruit’ until you are trained.

    Once trained, you become a soldier, sailor, Marine, … and so on.

    Once you have completed a designated time in the service (usually after you’ve served your first contract honorably) you are considered a ‘veteran’

    and, if you served in a theater of war/conflict, you are considered a war veteran.

    Look at what happens to people who claim any of these terms for themselves w/o earning it . They dishonor themselves, those who really earned these designations, and lose the respect of any thinking person.

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