Why I Started the Warrior Poet Society

I started the Warrior Poet Society because I looked at the gun industry and found no place for myself, and I thought it odd because all I do for work is teach people gunfighting. I’m a full-time tactics instructor, former Army Ranger, and war vet, and how IS IT that I do not fit into the gun industry?

This is what I see of the ‘gun industry’, I typically encounter this superficial male egotism – a war-mongering bravado that promulgates the idea that gunfighters/protectors are these cold-hearted, thoughtless killing machines. We don’t think, or feel, or love, we just shoot, workout, and walk around wielding guns and cool-guy gear.

How many of you have seen expressions like ‘I don’t believe in anything, I’m just here for the violence’ – I hate this ideology and other statements like it. Now many who wear little pithy patches like this don’t really believe in it (or else you would be a sociopath or soulless mercenary), and they wear it like a joke, and in good fun, I could smirk at the joke.

But the problem is there a bunch of kids enamored with guns playing violent video games 23 hours a day who are actually taking you seriously. The next generation of warriors are building in their minds a picture of what a defender looks like, and do not realize that the ‘cold-hearted killer’ is riddled with such weakness. (…keep reading below)

In reality, the most elite soldiers in the world are deep thinking, deep feeling men, who have much to lose, and they fight because they believe in something bigger than themselves.

The cold-hearted killer is usually full of crap, a sociopath, or a mercenary and they are destined to fade away because they are riddled with, BESET, with the weakness of a hollow soul. This farce, I believe, will be devastating when the younger generation learning about war from social media and video games, grow up with the ability to kill and no framework to know why and when. It will be the death of all of us.

My hope, is that others will join me in a movement that shows a more honest picture of what a soldier, or cop, or any defender of the innocent really is. My hope is that other warrior poets will step forward and join a thought revolution.

There are protectors of deep thought and deep conviction who work tirelessly to become ferocious protectors. They are calm thinking philosophers and a raging hurricanes of aggression. They are lovers and they are fighters. They are warrior poets. -John Lovell, founder

5 thoughts on “Why I Started the Warrior Poet Society”

  1. John,

    Great article! My favorite quotes:

    “This farce, I believe, will be devastating when the younger generation learning about war from social media and video games, grow up with the ability to kill and no framework to know why and when. It will be the death of all of us.”

    “My hope is that other warrior poets will step forward and join a thought revolution. There are protectors of deep thought and deep conviction who work tirelessly to become ferocious protectors.”

    Thank you for your commitment to the lifelong challenge of going the extra mile every day. The difference that makes the difference. In the “thought revolution” beyond the physical labor of a “Warrior” is the preparation time as a “Poet”. Like a warrior the “Poet” has to spend time, serious time, really studying the ‘Good Book’, the works of great men like the Founding Fathers, and others. It’s the Poets pathway to that very special something Greater than their own self. It’s not just the reading, it’s the contemplative meditation and most importantly the prayerful listening. It’s a labor of love.

    Warrior Poet, thank you for being an example and inspiration to myself and others!

    The thought revolution has begun.

    Warm regards,

    William

  2. Bam! On my 64th birthday, no less, you come waltzing through the electronic magic of the Internet and give me hope for your generation and our nation’s future while also energizing and inspiring me to get back into the game as it were, and serve others with a skill set that was put aside a long time ago.

    Your reading list is as eclectic and thought provoking as any I have seen by one individual, and I have enjoyed more than a few of your selections over the years during various stages of my own personal evolution. You, sir, are a true modern renaissance man, a warrior poet in your own right.

    And lest I neglect the YouTube aspect of your contributions, you’ve got the goods and the delivery to entertain, enlighten, and edify those of us old enough to appreciate true talent and still humble enough to learn from you. Great stuff, young man, and I can’t thank you enough for all of the above. I hope you get a chance to read this and know that it comes from a genuinely sincere place.

    From a fellow veteran, former police officer, aviator, Fed, martial artist, and horse guy, thanks for putting yourself and your talents out there for the rest of us! God Bless you and your family, John.

  3. john i would like to put your name in as a write in for the NRA Director Election. I will need your city and state of residence to complete the ballot.
    As a former commander and a business man I see your intelligent and pragmatic approach to the firearms industry; your knowledge would be an asset that this organization is in dire need of.

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