I'm a peaceful and squeamish guy. I even feel sorry for killing bugs6 posts and 1 image reply omitted. Click reply to view.
even so, I took an interest in the army and the navy (I'm not a yank). there's something so cool about their disciplined and hard life, how those institutions can whip people without courage, without a purpouse, a goal, or a skill into shape. it truly is a beautiful thing to behold. I like how they harden mind and body just so average joes can face the unexpected. plus you learn cool things too, from survival techniques to self-defense and trades
and hey, paying you to learn all these things is great
still, I can't even think about myself harming someone else, and that's the biggest downside. it's pretty much what they train you for, too. are there any other similar careers that teach you similar values but don't revolve around harming others? I was thinking about becoming a fireman or a park ranger. similar enough?
Martial arts teacher.
Not a very stable kind of profession, that is granted, but it may be fulfilling. You need a whole lot of self-discipline too, so if you don't actually have that to start with it's going to be a problem. Well you actually need a teacher first and that goes a long way actually.
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Those are pretty cool ideas too!
I think that part of that hardness comes from being faced with the ultimate reality: death, and the fact that this death is not merely your own, but the death of your family, your progeny, your civilization, your fellow man, your brothers in arms, everything that your fathers ever worked for and everything you hoped to build for your sons. The ultimate reality is that all of that can and will die. I think part of what you're seeking (and maybe I'm projecting, because I'm sure as sushi seeking it) is to be closer to this reality. Everything in civilization insulates us from that reality, from the idea that things that we love can and will die, and that we can face that death in either a glorifying way, or a cowardly way. We can do what is required to prevent that death, by making someone else face it in the combat, even as we face it our selves in that same encounter, and by acquitting ourselves well, we accept and transcend this death.
You want to face and transcend the death, not just of yourself, but of the oblivion of all, and both the monastic and soldierly life deal with that in their own way, but I think that's what you're really after.
well, I don't think that's what I'm looking for, but your post made me think about it. what am I seeking inside the military?
guidance, a purpouse, a goal. improvement, virility, judgement, maturity, a father figure. that's what I think I'm looking for
A lot of military jobs don't involve combat and a lot of soldiers never see action, even if they've been deployed during wartime.
Armies employ medics, orderlies, cooks, HR specialists, accountants, therapists, doctors, firefighters, etc. Combat training for these people is less about getting them to kill others and more about keeping them from being killed should the worst happen.>>5565
It sounds like you're needing something to take the wheel in your life. A lot of the problems and depression of NEET life come from having too many choices and no strong pushes in any particular direction. The structure of army life might do you a lot of good.