I had stayed at his house over ten years ago and wanted a picture of us and the dogs all together, just for me. He agreed and said the picture needed something more. So he went away and when he came back, he handed me the two guns with a smile on his face. This picture was taken right after.
He had a huge impact on my life, much more than I can express. He was, amongst other things, a SF soldier who fought in several wars. He did things you wouldn't believe and was involved in missions you have seen in Hollywood movies. He was one of the deadliest people I know, yet he was also one of the kindest and most generous.
He taught me many things:
The difference between shooting a firearm and shooting a firearm to kill.
How to stay human when you have killed.
How to think, how to view the world.
And much more.
I was going over our emails of the last few years and found two things I'd like to share with you from them.
"I just finished reading your latest blog entry... and could not find one word with which I disagreed.
If you've not already done so, on your blog you might compare your outlook for Belgium with US current affairs. The US is just a little deeper into the playbook than Belgium has gotten, and thus... Trumpism!
I was talking about Trump yesterday with a good friend who happens politically to be a hyper-conservative wing nut, but I had to agree that Trump is voicing some Truths concerning immigration and international affairs in a time of asymmetric warfare.
I've never been more pessimistic about our immediate future. "
I'm working on the newsletter and this will make sense when you read it.
The second, perhaps more important quote, is this:
"One needs embrace neither hatred nor anger to identify and kill an enemy."
This from a man who killed more than his fair share of enemies...
In these times when the world seems to be spinning out of control, I believe there is much wisdom in his words. Next time you see another round of political mudslinging and tempers flare, remember his words.
Hatred and anger do not serve you, you serve them.