Why TNHoplite?

 

 

A hoplite was primarily a free citizen who was usually individually responsible for procuring his armour and weapon. In most Greek city-states, citizens received at least basic military training, serving in the standing army for a certain amount of time. They were expected to take part in any military campaign when they would be called for duty. The Lacedaemonian citizens (Sparta) were renowned for their lifelong combat training and almost mythical military prowess, while their greatest adversaries, the Athenians, were exempted from service only after the 60th year of their lives. (wikipedia)

 

When I think about how our government is taking more and more freedoms away, it reminds me of the role of the hoplite in ancient times. It also interests me, that in ancient culture, you generally had to serve in the military to be a citizen. Our founders saw it the opposite way, that all citizens have skin in the game. This is why we have the right to bear arms. I want this blog to serve as an outlet for my thought on being a modern hoplite (citizen soldier). Also, how important it is to preserve our way of life.  How our religion dictates our morality, and thus how we achieve the means to be a better husband, father, and citizen.

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