Society and the Soldier's Soul: Is the Warrior's Purification Ritual Needed or Possible in Modern America
Air Command And Staff College Maxwell Air Force Base United States
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In various historical cultures, soldiers underwent a communal, religious post-combat ritual to assist their transition back to civilized life such a ritual is lacking in modern American culture, but is both needed for those who have experienced combat and possible to reconcile with concepts of American liberal democracy. I will argue that this is possible because politics has assumed the force of religion in America, and that this provides a context for determining what the characteristics of such a ritual might be for modern American society.