si vis pacem para bellum

“Paxo knocks the stuffing out of the competition.” Paxo was/is a home made plastic explosive consisting of parrafin wax and potassium chlorate. It was used by the IRA occasionally up the 1970’s, and has more recently been used in central Asia. Its name, besides being the name of a brand of stuffing, is a telescoping of “parrafin explosive”, and a play on the Latin word Pax, meaning peace.

Latin mottos for the houses
  • Gryffindor: Fac fortia et patere (Do brave things and endure), Acta, non verba (actions, not words), Audentis fortuna iuvat (Fortune favours the brave)
  • Hufflepuff: Defendit numerus (Strenght in numbers), Honestas ante honores (Honesty before glory) Abundans cautela non nocet (Abundant caution does no harm; one can ever be too careful)
  • Slytherin: Gras es noster (The future is ours), Faciam quodlibet quod necesse est (I'll do whatever it takes), Si vis pacem, para bellum (If you wish for peace, prepare for war)
  • Ravenclaw: Scribento, cogito (I'm writing, therefore I think), Fortis est veritas (Truth is strong), Calamus gladio fortior (The pen is mightier than the sword)

Armed Pacifism

“Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.” Ronald Reagan Military Service

The Strength of the Military is an active deterrence, the dedication and tireless training of the military for times of trouble can be best summed up by Psalm 144:1 “Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle;” And it seems that even Benjamin Franklin would agree with President Reagan about deterrence stating that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

The Latin Motto “Si Vis Pacem, para bellum” If you wish for peace, prepare for war, greatly emphasizes Teddy Roosevelts admonition to “Speak softly but carry a big stick.” The tactic diplomatic assertion, backed up by the militaries ability to do violence if required. Roosevelt described this philosophy as “the exercise of intelligent forethought and of decisive action sufficiently far in advance of any likely crisis” A truly Armed Pacifist mentality.

Many people in the modern age seem to question the place of fighting and the military when it comes to Christian teachings, but these things are not mutually exclusive. Military service is not only a civic principle but also biblical in scope and application. It does not make someone a bad Christian to defend the faith or the innocent, to “… defend the rights of the poor and needy” Proverbs 31:9. The innocent have always needed protectors, and God has always provided them: in the form of soldiers and warriors, men and women strong enough to take on the burdens of service. It is important to remember that our military greatly exemplifies biblical martial and moral teachings, and that it is an honor to serve and in no way goes against Christian teachings.

In fact, the both the bible and church history have a strong warrior tradition of prophets and members utilizing military service as a method to protect the people. David slew Goliath and was a great warrior and general (1 Samuel 17), Joshua retook the Promised Land (Joshua 1), and was the Lords servant in the destruction of Jericho (Joshua 6), Moses was a commander in the forces of Pharaoh (Numbers 31:14), and Samson was a defender of the faith (Judges 15:16). Even great historical figures in Christianity like Emperor Constantine, and the King Charlemagne who without Christianity would likely not exist today, were warrior generals.

Though pacifism and peace are strongly emphasized within Christian scripture, and more modern Christian tradition, the Christian Warrior is not a contradiction or hypocrisy. “For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.” Romans 13:4. The soldiers and warriors of society, are guardians of civilization proving that “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 sacrificing their lives for their country further exemplifying the scripture “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27

Many agents of pacifism believe that no amount of force is justified often quoting Luke 6:29 “If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also.” unaware that this scripture was translated from the Latin word inimicus or a personal enemy, not hostis for a public enemy. You are to turn your cheek from your personal adversary, swallowing you pride and avoiding personal and community conflict, but you are not commanded to turn from a civic enemy or threat to the nation or community. The Christian Warrior is to “Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.” Proverbs 24:11. And the military has given warriors the opportunity to do so in its operations around the world. As the Star Spangled Banner states we are part of the “… Land of the free, and the home of the brave.”

300+ Followers Prompts: Flower Language & The Art of War

Flower language and the Art of War – Cut for Length.

“The rules of fair play do not apply in love and war.”

         –John Lyly’s ‘Euphues’ (1578)

Daisies – Innocence; Day Lilies – Coquetry, Perseverance.

At seventeen, Roy wades into the field behind the Hawkeye household. It’s almost sunset, and they’ve already eaten dinner, which should mean he should be using the last hours of daylight to study without wasting candles, but today means he’s outside, where the sun dips low and lights up the wild grass.

He finds Riza examining the flowers that grow in patches behind the house, slender fingers smoothing out the petal of a lily. The sun gleamed against her cropped blonde hair, and Roy finds himself staring. He’s noticed girls before, but this time it’s different. Riza’s just turned fifteen, but she’s pretty; probably the prettiest thing in the entire town. For a brief moment, Roy considers telling her she’s a flower, on the off chance that she’ll understand what he means.

She’s quiet under his gaze, and the fleeting thoughts are gone; his master’s daughter is pretty but they’re still young, and it’s not something he contemplates any further.

Instead, he grabs a daisy, plucking it from its stem, and hands it to her.

“Here,” He says. “It suits you.”

Riza gives him a funny look, her brown eyes dropping back to the wildflowers, before she tucks it neatly behind her ear. “I’m glad you didn’t pick the lilies.” She says, before she turns, and heads back for the house.

A week later, she mentions that her mother had planted the lilies.

Roy is grateful that he only handed her a daisy.

Sun Tzu said: The Art of War is of vital importance to the State.

He gets the tests from the Academy Entrance exam back before his eighteenth birthday. Civics, Military History, History, Ethics, Case Studies, Science, Maths; the letter is a list of his top scores, scores that not only qualify him to join the Academy, but have given him a very generous offering on his tuition.

Alchemists be thou for the people.

At the bottom of the letter, is the seal of the Fuhrer, the green lion rampant. In small script underneath, the words ’Semper Fortis’ are printed. Always Brave.

Roy lets the acceptance letter and his test scores sit in between the pages of one of his alchemy texts for a week before he takes it back out again.

Si vis pacem, para bellum. He tells himself.

What he tells his Master is a different story.

Roy leaves for the Academy as soon as he’s eighteen, and he tells Riza he hopes to see her again someday. It’s a halfhearted apology, but he hopes she understands what he’s doing.

Riza’s always been very understanding.

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