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The Character of the Happy Warrior

November 10, 2010

<Warning: This post may contain concepts that some people may find antiquated, hokey and moralizing. Reader discretion is advised.>

The “Happy Warrior” was an ideal to which people once aspired.

It referred to a person who displayed virtuous personal traits. It was a person who fought hard for a good cause, but fought fair and was selfless. The individual in question lived his or her life by a code of honor.

Not too many people in the political arena can measure up to this standard today. In fact, the last guy in New York so dubbed was Al Smith, governor of New York back in the 20s.

Maybe it is just not possible to live up to such an ideal today –­ not when our politics are so cut-throat.

Still, it seems wrong not to even try.

With that in mind, we are urging combatants gearing up for the coming political battles in Albany to read and reflect upon the following excerpts from a Wordsworth poem, which gave rise to the concept:

Who is the Happy Warrior? Who is he

That every man in arms should wish to be?

<It is> he whose law is reason; who depends

Upon that law as on the best of friends…

<It is he> Who, if he rise to station of command,

Rises by open means; and there will stand

On honourable terms, or else retire…

<It is he> Who comprehends his trust, and to the same

Keeps faithful with a singleness of aim…

<It is he, who,> therefore does not stoop, nor lie in wait

For wealth, or honours, or for worldly state…

<It is he> Who, whether praise of him must walk the earth

Forever, and to noble deeds give birth,

Or he must fall, to sleep without his fame,

And leave a dead unprofitable name—

Finds comfort in himself and in his cause…



One Comment leave one →
  1. Mark Keister permalink
    November 10, 2010 10:49 AM

    ‘That medical weed you been whiffen, NT2?

    The happy warrior left with the happy hooker.

    We have no white knights, heros to all, regal in demeanor yet able lend a hand . . .

    man, you got the wrong planet.

    ‘Tho if you shared with the right folk, they just might come around – a new career awaits! Spread the Good News there is a way to see Avalon from Albany!

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