- Jan 12, 2013
Along with the dignity of the history writer, the reader is sometimes lost in the words that are used. The clean velvety tone and cleanliness of attitude that is maintained throughout the dialog of the activity, he (the writer) is trying to put across to the reader. This becomes abundantly clear when the subject written about is "war." War is a dirty and vulgar activity, and it has been since the time of Cain and Able. Behind the scenes on the battlefield, the warrior is dressed in his finery and tips his hat to the ladies and shakes the hand of his adversary. On the battlefield, it is a whole other story, the dead and dying, the mutilation of the dead and dying and much more along that vein.
The only reason a man will go to war is for the "spoils of war." Now what does that really mean? It appears that the concept has been lost with the so called civilized society. In war, the country, tribe, or revolting party needs to put men on the battle field and a lot of them. Generally, only the young and dumb will fight for god and country. The rest needs to be paid, in one way or another. The cheapest way has always been, to offer to them the "spoils of war." The spoils of war are all the gold and women a man can carry. Carrying a woman is a real problem, so they are just raped and killed at the scene; therefore, the problem is done away with. Carrying the gold is another problem. Sometimes the thing of value is not really gold; it may be an object of some sort or another. In any event to carry it is not a practical thing to do on the battle field. The gold or object will have to be placed in hiding in some manner.
The best writers of war have been the news men who are on the battlefield. They also, clean it up enough so as a lady can read it with some sort of peace of mind; the image of the true blood and guts of the real scene of war. The history writer is writing for god and country, or it might be for some other interest. The tone of this writer is always much more sanitized, and at times the reader will find it hard to tell that he is reading about war.
The warrior always dies in the end or at the very least fades into the shadows of society.