Inthe short book “TheWarrior Ethos,”Steven Pressfield provides insightful information on what constitutesa warrior, both in the past and present world. The book is morecentered on the West and Spartans who are known for their combatprowess and strategies (Pressfield, 2011). Noably, Pressfield wrotethe book with a motive to appeal to everyone in the society. Peoplego through a lot in their day-to-day activities. Day-to-day strugglessuch as diseases and poverty are common in the world. The book triesto motivate individuals that the challenges are part of life and thatit is vital to have the warrior mentality. Pressfield looks at theevolution of the warrior code of honor and its application inaddressing the challenges in the modern world. Warrior ethos isconcerned about the significance of courage, sacrifice, and adversityon individuals (Pressfield, 2011). The warrior mentality enablespeople to have the courage and ability to sacrifice for thewell-being of others in the community.
However,one may argue that Pressfield did not delve deep enough into the wayof life and how the Spartan warrior came to be on the battlefield.The author has only used the positive attributes of the Spartans andleft out the adverse attributes (Pressfield, 2011). A warrior issupposed to help the society by improving their well-being throughsupport initiatives such as training. A perfect example of a heroincludes the nongovernmental institutions since they provide themuch-needed assistance to the vulnerable individuals. Pressfield’sassertions that it is the role of a warrior ethos to respectcivilians is misplaced in real life. In the past and present, thecivilians are most affected by the actions of warriors. Spartansexploited children, broke up families, and despised the physicallydisabled. Additionally, the invasion of Vietnam by the Americanmilitary saw the death of many villagers.
Pressfield,S. (2011). TheWarrior Ethos.Black Irish Entertainment LLC.