posted on Sep, 9 2011 @ 09:58 PM
Originally posted by Asktheanimals
reply to post by centurion1211
Apparently I was born in a time when we fought with a things like bravery and personal honor. A time when it was one man against another with no
machines separating you. When you could actually see the eyes of an enemy.
I agree with you. The Plains Indians practiced warfare in the way most humans have throughout history--proving that you were more manly than your
adversary, rather than killing him. Much of their warfare was seasonal, and involved primarily the theft of horses, which by 1800 had become so
numerous that most males owned between 3 and 20.
Like medieval warriors, the concept of a uniform was completely alien; battle dress was intended to identify the unique individual, and proclaim his
mighty deeds for all to see.
Napoleon modernized warfare with his campaigns across Europe; Sherman was universally vilified in his day for attacking Southern civilians and
property, instead of facing his enemies in open formal combat.
This was about the same time that dueling was being outlawed. A gentleman no longer dueled with an offender who insulted him or spread lies:
"Don't Get Mad---take 'em to court!"
Honor died when it became a crime to defend it with physical force. Now, the best you can do is sue your tormentor.
Honor has been supplanted by economics.