Perpetual Curse of the Warrior Mindset

“We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.”  ~Albert Einstein

Gladiator Rome

For well over 2000 years a competitive “dog-eat-dog” mindset has dominated the world’s most powerful human civilizations. The goals of our leaders (as well as most members) have been to conquer, defeat or control whatever (and whomever) we can. Those who thought differently were quickly pushed to the side, silenced, enslaved, ignored or demonized.

Look closely at the challenges humanity has been struggling with. What is the root cause of the environmental destruction, the poverty and inequality, crime, racism, terrorism, economic instability, mindless consumerism, endless wars and skyrocketing military spending?

These problems exist (in my opinion) because the most powerful human cultures and civilizations have propagated a world view that presents life as a never-ending war between opposing forces- a struggle between good and evil, man and nature, friend and enemy, “us” vs. “them.” Such dualistic thinking can serve a useful purpose at times, but creates chaos, inequity, unhappiness and instability when allowed to continuously dominate people’s lives.

For thousands of years, those in power have sought to perpetuate mindsets of competition, insecurity, scarcity and fear among the masses, in order to maintain their “ruling” positions. Nationalism, militarism, materialism, sexism, racism, colonialism, slavery, industrialization and consumerism are culturally conditioned ways of thinking and behaving rooted in a competitive and cold hearted view of fellow human beings and the natural world.

1234956_368934856570789_1648300624_nLike Adam & Eve, we continue to feed one another the lie of good vs. evil, rather than sharing the true story of ourselves as sisters and brothers, magical children of the Tree of Life. It’s almost as if the human family has been living under a spell, brain-washed and hypnotized to live in fear, to close our hearts to greater generosity, joy, wisdom, creativity, cooperation, peace and compassion.

Without a doubt, the warrior mindset has served a useful evolutionary purpose on our planet. There have always been situations of scarcity and conflict where brave and unselfish heroism was needed. The problem is that with the rise of hierarchal civilizations (and a corresponding “ruling class”) our loyalty, bravery and willingness to battle “enemies” has been continuously manipulated by those in positions of influence and power.

When small tribes go into battle their chiefs go with them, and are willing to die. Civilizations’s rulers- from ancient Rome to modern Wall Street- keep themselves safe behind guards and high walls, seeing their warriors as pawns, not brothers.

In the current global narrative being spread by Western media and governments we are told that our modern Civilization is locked in a war with blood-thirsty Muslim terrorists. Is this story true? As journalist Nafeez Ahmed has suggested, the narrative of a “Clash of Civilizations” that is being told to the world may actually be intended to feed our fears, and distract us from seeing the bigger picture, that industrialized Civilization is actually in a state of crisis (see video).

When fear-based thinking dominates a society the innate wisdom and compassion of artists, poets, teachers, musicians, women, children, elders and animals is often treated as inferior and unimportant- if it does not support the goals of leaders– be they kings, queens, emperors, dictators, terrorist masterminds or corporate CEOs…

Jesus understood this, as did the Buddha, Lao Tsu, Gandhi, Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, Mother Theresa, the Dalai Lama, John Lennon, Martin Luther King, Jr. and countless others down through the ages. Millions honor and treasure their words, but are we ready yet to become “warriors” of compassion, to put wisdom into action, to open our hearts and question the fearful and aggressive thinking that our “great civilizations” continue to perpetuate?

As Einstein said, in order for our species to survive, we may have to.

~Christopher Chase

war obsolete“War is Obsolete, All Life is Interrelated” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

”When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
~ Sri Chinmoy Ghose


The Crisis of Civilization (Documentary of the Big Picture): 


“I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at the floor and I see it needs sweeping
Still my guitar gently weeps
I don’t know why nobody told you how to unfold your love
I don’t know how someone controlled you
They bought and sold you.

I look at the world and I notice it’s turning
While my guitar gently weeps
With every mistake we must surely be learning
Still my guitar gently weeps.”



About Christopher Chase

Co-creator and Admin of the Facebook pages "Tao & Zen" "Art of Learning" & "Creative Systems Thinking." Majored in Studio Art at SUNY, Oneonta. Graduated in 1993 from the Child & Adolescent Development program at Stanford University's School of Education. Since 1994, have been teaching at Seinan Gakuin University, in Fukuoka, Japan.
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83 Responses to Perpetual Curse of the Warrior Mindset

  1. Gary says:

    Thank you Mr. Chase for words of true insight and wisdom. I love reading what you write. Thank you for sharing your insights.

  2. Paul Doyon says:

    I agree with what you are saying, but I think there is another piece of the puzzle here. The Buddhists believe that all suffering in the world is caused by 1) Selfishness, 2) Ignorance, and 3) Hatred. And I would say that all of the above (either indirectly or directly) are caused by the Ego. Thus the root cause of what you are talking about, “A world view that presents life as a war between opposing forces — a struggle between good and evil, man and nature, friend and enemy, us and them,” I would say if you dig a little deeper is a result of the above, and it is not only our leaders who are to blame since it is us who empower them. Hence, the way to counter this problem is to develop an educational system which not only raises our intelligence, but also raises our consciousness and our compassion, an educational system that teaches us to truly think critically (rather than false “critical thinking” being propagated) and to feel more deeply — and not to just regurgitate information, conform with the masses, and become obedient to authority.

    • Absolutely Paul, I agree. And that’s the challenge, to educate our children (and ourselves) with greater compassion, and no longer empower leaders. We can do this.. if everyone coordinates together. We will find our way back to freedom.

      • Tunji Sekoni says:

        Paul @Christopher I disagree with the two of you slightly look at it this way what you call ego is not more than selfishness which had became traditional in man, the kind of education you talk about is the new realistic thinking but the only educational system that is human is one that will lead to the cultivation of the complete man an intuitive perceiving human being the only condition to bring this about is unselfish love. The struggle of history since the beginning is that between selfishness and selflessness the later has always lead to greatness while the former has always lead to cycle of waste upon waste. Men I love you

      • Kathy Hannon says:

        I find such great knowledge brings peace to my heart. This is how my soul feels…my ego will jump in, for the survival mode is present in a world where there is so much hatred. If the heart & soul are in sinchronicity with each other the individual will be at peace. I long for peace in my life. Thank you for writing such an informative article. Paul Doyon, your remark is spot on! Now we need to find a way for the world to receive this as truth! It’s starts at conception..teach the children well! Educate the young. Blessings to all! Namaste

    • Angel says:

      While I agree with much of what the buddhists have said over time, I also realize that they are a priest class of men. While they sit around and consider the nature of men and human kind it’s the man who does not have much time to reflect on these matters who props him up. Including the warrior……would these men feel differently if they were the ones who were of the lower classes, the ones farming 14 plus hours a day? Or the ones washing the robes of these men. I don’t hold these men to afford us with honorable truths, much is perception and truthfully I myself see truth from a entirely different stand point than them. While I wish it wasn’t so I consider myself a realist, one day I hope that men are not caught up in the caste system but until that day the warriors will exist and they are very well needed.

      • Paul Doyon says:

        True intent of the caste system

        The caste system in India has been a subject of much controversy. It was supposed to be an identification of man’s inbuilt inclinations and capacities, but gradually this truth was lost and it morphed into a mechanical system for slotting people into various social categories based on their birth in a certain family. It thus became a vehicle for stigma and discrimination. In the following selections from various works, Sri Aurobindo points out the true origin of the caste system – how the four castes are actually four latent powers (caturvyuha) within Man which must be perfected by every person on the spiritual path. The Brahmin represents the faculty of knowledge, ethics and learning, the Kshatriya represents valour, the Vaishya represents commerce and relationship of harmony, while the Shudra represents perfection in work.

        In contemporary terms:

        Brahmin = intelligentsia.
        Kshatriya = people involved in governance.
        Vaishya = capitalists.
        Shudra = labour.
        Sri Aurobindo on the four powers within Man

        We must realise that the ancient Aryan Rishis meant by the Chaturvarnya (four castes) not a mere social division, but a recognition of God manifesting Himself in fundamental Swabhava(individual nature), which our bodily distinctions, our social orders are merely an attempt to organise in the symbols of human life, often a confused attempt, often a mere parody and distortion of the divine thing they try to express. Every man has in himself all the four Dharmas, but one predominates, in one he is born and that strikes the note of his character and determines the type and cast of all his actions; the rest subordinated to the dominant type and helps to give it its complement. No Brahmana is a complete Brahmana unless he has the Kshatratejas in him, the Vaishyashakti and the Shudrashakti, but all these have to serve in him the fullness of his Brahmanyam. God manifests Himself as the four Prajapatis or Manus, catvāro manavah of the Gita, and each man is born in the amśa of one of the four; the first characterised by wisdom and largeness, the second by heroism and force, the third by dexterity and enjoy- ment, the fourth by work and service. The perfected man develops in himself all four capacities and contains at once the god of wisdom and largeness, the god of heroism and force, the god of skill and enjoyment, the god of work and service. Only one stands dominant and leads and uses the others.

        [Sri Aurobindo, Sapta-Chatusthaya, SABCL Supplement Vol 27]

    • Paul- I come late to this discussion, but I am very interested in your remarks about ” an educational system that teaches us to truly think critically (rather than false “critical thinking” being propagated).” Could you expand on that, please. I have been a lifelong student of critical thinking.

    • Kathy Hannon says:

      I feel blessed by this read. It fills my heart & I feel comfortable being in a place where those who leave their words do it gently & with love. My heart is full when I am encompassed by balance.

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  5. talesfromthelou says:

    Hi Christopher, love this post. May I please re-blog it as is on my two blogs? You already gave me permission for Tao and Zen on FB, but I’d like to put this one on Tales. The world needs this precious info.
    Thank you, Lou at and

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  7. Wonderful encouraging blog spelt out in simple English for the many who have the capacity to change the system for the better Thx

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  13. Jesse says:

    I know it is just semantics, but I think that mindset you are speaking of is being falsely attributed as a “warrior” mindset. The idea of a warrior described as such, in itself is a dualistic definition, emphasising more so the concept of the “warrior” in the west versus the warrior in the East. Most martial artists, true warriors are not stuck on duality or opposing forces. They are about attaining balance. Their goal is not to fight , but we still live in a world with egocentric political religous mindsets who manipulate the ignorant and angry to fight for unjust causes, aka their greed etc.

    When I scroll through posts about war I don’t see a bunch of trained warriors commenting, kill all the muslims or jews. I see a bunch of naive and ignornant warmongers, with egocentric, statecentric, ethnocentric, etc. beliefs who are fearful of their own delusions, having never been in a fight their entire lives convinced/manipulated by another ambitious group intelligent, but thirsty for power there is a need to engage in a pre emptive war to protect themselves from a threat that is more imagined than real. The true warrior sees through the delusion, yet acknowledges it, and only fights when they must, for the benefit of all.

    The weak say they don’t want war, and they won’t throw a punch, but because of their delusion are quick to justify or back war as soon as they feel threatened, and they are easily threatened.

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    Great Jesse if you read the ancient Egypt history the Thurmos kings did not fight a war of conquest all they did was to civilised their enemies in other to have piece for their development and that of their enemies who they usually revered to as barbaric and you can see their honesty in their international relations they will bring the conquered Prince to Egypt train him and and married him to an Egyptian woman of high ranking a nd send him back home to rule his people with a new idea

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  38. moirainori77 says:

    Reblogged this on Sunflowers for Moira and commented:
    The world needs to wake up. May it begin with me.

  39. Judith says:

    Never more true than now…

  40. understandings of leadership ethics for this paradigm are gained in child care – king of the hill with peers and then pander to the big person in front of the room.

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    Reblogged this on factfictionfancy.

  42. danisms says:

    Cheers mate, great job. You are a true Bodhisattva.

  43. jesse says:


  44. Thank you very fitting for this day and age today as well.


  45. AJ says:

    Your words are beautiful and ring true. And yet I ask the following question: does chaos and evil exist in this world? And if so, how are we to address it? Are we to ‘let it be’ and do nothing? Isn’t the silence / doing nothing approach actually encourage the evil / chaos to grow? Or do we counter it with order & good? Let us look to the real world? Has the Tibetans’ approach to Chinese oppression been successful? Who has received greater world attention? The peaceful and gentle Tibetans or the violent terrorist Palestinians? Can your views in the article be applied to the real world? How does one treat a radical Islamist intent on beheading or converting you as a ‘brother’?

    Perhaps the answer lies in a simple Samurai story. A samurai’s son once asked his father: “Father, I am confused. You say you are a man of peace, and yet you train in the martial arts with diligence and devotion. Is this not a contradiction?” “My son” the father replied, “I would rather be a warrior in a garden, than a gardener in a war”.

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  47. Hi. Hope you are fine with your beloved ones. About you said related to the warrior mindset is true until certain point. A lot of warriors end fighting only with themselves in a spiritual way. There is a lot of examples: Miyamoto Musashi (Ronin Samurai) said: “The ultimate aim of martial arts is not having to use them”. Morihei Ueshiba (Founder of Aikido) said: “The supreme challenge of a warrior is to turn an enemy´s fearful wrath into harmless laughter”. There isn´t few cases of warriors who become monks and some of them even reached enlightment. Only unwise warriors (probably very young) are useful and manipulated for the powerful ones. Have a good day. Take care.

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