11.27

Chapter: The Nine Situations 11.27
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Translation:

If our soldiers are not overburdened with money, it is not because they have a distaste for riches; if their lives are not unduly long, it is not because they are disinclined to longevity.

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Commentary

Being a soldier is to face death, sometimes on a daily basis. This changes how you look at life. It is unsurprising in such situations that the live for the moment and think less of saving for a future than may never be.

Soldiers do not sign up because they have a death wish. Nor do they often sign up for the booty. More often it is mundane, such as because they see no other prospects. Perhaps it is about seeking adventure. Maybe it is to do with seeking meaning. For some it might even be about king and country.