Soldiers are shaman figures because they often suffer great trauma if they persist in their profession and they face death. They get insights into things that most people, within the bubble of consciousness known as civilization, do not experience — the darker side of humanity. Also they must learn to think like a lizard, to turn on their lizard brain to give them ultra-sensitive infra-red vision into subtle shifts in the environment and its mood. They have to go through a training process where they gain tolerance for their own adrenaline, so that it does not become a potent force of disintegration from within but can be turned against the enemy. Of course not everybody makes it through the difficult shamanic crossing — and ultimately nobody does. Soldiers herald the way and they cross sooner than the rest of us.
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