When you try to raise an army

HA note: The following is reprinted with permission from Lana Hobbs’ blog Lana Hobbs the Brave. It was originally published on April 12, 2013.


Be careful

if you plan to raise an army

from birth

whip them into shape and drill them

Issue uniforms

Issue thoughts

Until they run like a machine

Yes drill sergeant

No drill sergeant

You may raise soldiers

cleverskilled in battle,

brave in the face of fear

and full of fire in their hearts

But there’s a chance, if you want to raise an army

That you will not keep the soldiers

Because these clever, brave soldiers

will one day make their own decisions

And choose their battles

They must answer the call of the fire

Burning hot in their souls

So be careful when you raise an army

The soldiers may not stay.

2 thoughts on “When you try to raise an army

  1. Ahab October 22, 2013 / 8:50 am

    YES! You’ve encapsulated the whole problem with fundamentalist homeschoolers raising their children as “armies” for God. I wonder how fundamentalist will react when more and more of their “soldiers” start defecting from the ranks?


    • Headless Unicorn Guy October 22, 2013 / 9:42 am

      Double down and Increase Indoctrination, of course.

      “You Do Not Know Fear! You Do Not Know Pain! MY FIGHTING URUK-HAI!”


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