Hoka Hey!

There is a phrase in Lakota Sioux, Hoka Hey! – Today is a good day to die. It is a universal axiom that is found in all warrior cultures, regardless of placement in history, religion, gender or geography. It is manifested in the hearts of those who have made peace with their creator. We have chosen to live by a moral code without compromise. These principles have been codified through time by different cultures. The West had the Knights Code of Chivalry of the middle ages. In the East it is the Bushido. Native American Indians also have a “code of ethics”. All share a common foundation of honor, respect and righteous indignation towards any who would violate Natural Law.
Examples through history of men who would not bend knee and submit to men who desire to be masters are numerous. Leonidas of Sparta marched fearlessly to meet Xerxes I’s army at Thermopylae “ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ” (“Come and take”), Tecumseh who died from a gunshot wound received during the Battle of the Thames during the War of 1812 “So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.
When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home,” Stonewall Jackson, Confederate General, died from complications of pneumonia, after having half his right arm blown off ,”My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. … That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave.” Yamamoto Tsunetomo succinctly puts it “the way of the warrior is death.”
The true warrior is proud but not prideful, is as willing to take life as forfeit his own, not in some psychotic, murderous way, like some sociopath, miscreant, reprobate, but in the service of justice.
Passion is often wrongly defined as what someone lives for, when in fact it is what you are willing to die for. Are you passionate about Freedom? Are you willing to take a stand against evil? War is coming here, are you prepared mentally, physically, spiritually? Will you do the hard things necessary to secure God’s Natural Law for the next generation? Is today a good day to die?

“O death, where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory?”

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