This morning I attended an inclusivity rally on the university campus where I work. Many of my students and colleagues are afraid; many have already suffered racist incidents since the election. And I’m hearing lots of calls for dialog and unity, peace and understanding. Which is nice. But as Ecclesiastes 3:8 says, there’s “a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.” A real warrior will embrace and practice love and peace, but be ready to face hate and war.
In a previous post I wrote about my personal mission to be a scholar-warrior. Now I wonder if the badge I designed for myself didn’t lean too much on the scholarly side of the equation. It’s my duty, as a scholar-warrior, to fight with and for my friends and my values. So I’m modifying it a little to emphasize that I will also defend freedom — my own and others’.