Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
– John 15:13
Therein dwells the mystical key to the warrior’s unique experience and moral code. War is full of this self-sacrificing reflection of Christ’s Love for us. Even if the warrior does not lay down his life for another, he is prepared to do so. One of combat’s greatest anguishes comes from not being called to express this love to the same degree as those that do. “Why him and not me?” More than survivors’ guilt and grief fires this heartache.