Leatherneck 7 Knowledge December 13, 2017- “Those who fight the monsters”-

Those who fight monsters inevitably change. Because of all that they see and do, they lose their innocence, and a piece of their humanity with it. If they want to survive, they begin to adopt some of the same characteristics as the monsters they fight. It is necessary. They become capable of rage, and extreme violence. There is a fundamental difference, however. They keep those monster tendencies locked away in a cage, deep inside. That monster is only allowed out to protect others, to accomplish the mission, to get the job done… Not for the perverse pleasure that the monsters feel when they harm others. In fact, those monster tendencies cause damage: GUILT, ISOLATION, DEPRESSION, PTSD. There is a cost for visiting violence on others when you are not a monster. Those who do so know one thing, the cost inflicted upon society as a whole is far greater without those who fight monsters. That is why they are WILLING to make that horrible sacrifice so that others may live peaceably. Before you judge one of us, remember this, We witness things that humans aren’t mean to see. And we see them repeatedly. We perform the duties that you feel are beneath you. We solve your problems, often.. Very often by visiting violence upon others. “We the willing”. MS