Counterinsurgency Series

Demilitarize our Nation, Part 2: Calming the Storm

You may have noticed in these last few posts, I have begun drifting away from the established Fitness theme of this blog and toward a leadership theme.

What are we if not leaders of our bodies, which I liken to a nation?

The real theme of this blog is to understand resistance, whether it is perceived resistance, psychological or physiological resistance. Regardless, we must overcome it.

Resistance Is Relative

Resistance we face in life, whether it is a loaded barbell or a financial emergency, is relative to our ability to overcome it. If we are prepared, the resistance feels lighter. If we have strong, conditioned muscles, we can lift the barbell with ease. If we have put away money for a rainy day, we can continue living off the fat.

Relative to the experiences Jesus would have in the Garden of Gethsemane and upon Calvary, the tempest which waylaid His disciples was a minor obstacle and well within His power as the God of this Earth to calm it, or make it lighter.

Admittedly, we cannot compare ourselves to Jesus in many ways. But how was it that Jesus developed His power on Earth to make burdens light for others?

I believe, It was through His overcoming resistance in the form of temptation.

8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan…

Matthew 4:8-10, KJV

Consequent to His temptations in the wilderness and conversing with His Father upon the mountain, Jesus was able to walk upon the waters and make difficult circumstances become less difficult. This is because He was prepared.


We have successfully won a war against the enemy within – that old tyrant. Furthermore, we have maintained control of our hard-won territory, even in the face of a great opposition, which was a counterinsurgency.

We have established relative Peace within our nations. However, we as humans seem to thrive in times of hardship.

A book I mentioned in a post last year, Sebastian Junger’s Tribe, presented a case that it is only in times of hardship or resistance that we as humans come together and cooperate in a unified resistance against something to overcome.

The Master rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. And His disciples feared exceedingly. (Mark 4:37-41, KJV)

So, although we have established Peace, I fear that without something to fight against, we may very well fight ourselves.

In fact, that is what is happening in our actual nation at this current time.

But do we not have something to fight against? Are there not important issues to resolve in our society? Yes, but they seem like the distant battlefields upon which we have no vested interest.

When we are embattled with ourselves, we are not free

We must become more connected. We must tell our stories and listen to others tell their own, and we must listen.

– Demilitarize our Nation

Calming the Storm is the first part of becoming more connected, and we have done that. Now, we must tell our stories (share with others what we have learned along the Warpath). But most important, we must listen – truly listen – when others tell their own stories.

For while we leave our stories untold, the Storm lingers on the near horizon – we will forget unless we tell it. And if we do not listen to others, we become disaffected with those in our nation, because we cannot relate with them.

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