i don't want to be an example, i'm happy with how my life is turning out. enjoying military lifestyle and my first deployment. i am part of the 1%, and am even less than that, because I chose to work hard to go through basic combat training a second time, pass where I failed before and fought for everything I'm currently doing. my life is an everlasting struggle, but I am constantly growing.
I believe in God, but I don't need anybody to tell me how to pray or how to fast or how to do silly nonsense to please Him, because I do it in my own way, I just think it's ridiculous that religious people have to look to somebody other than God for their own salvation and get all holier than thou about it. people are not perfect, He is, so why not just go straight to the source for answers instead of relying on some "ordained" person?
Battle is a pure form of expression. It is heart and discipline, reduced to movement and motion. In battle, the words are swept away, giving way to actions-- mercy, sacrifice, anger, fear. These are pure moments of expression.