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Inner Work of Warless Warriors

Author Meaghan Mobbs of “Psychology Today”, writes on the topic of American soldiers’ desire for a “baptism by fire.” She points out, “Those who join hoping for ‘baptism by fire’ but who never experience war feel sidelined in their Hero’s Journey.  Left to bear witness to glory but denied the opportunity to partake, is a population of veterans who served during a period of conflict but never in conflict.” As she describes it, a transformation to validate their Hero’s Journey through combat is not being fulfilled during times in which a large majority of the military does not deploy. This leads her to an exploration of heroic paths of transformation for warless warriors.