There was a time in which men wore suits of metal to protect themselves when going into battle. At another point, various cultures in Africa fought their battles in the nude seeking a more divine form of protection.
In much the same way we as people protect ourselves against the slings and arrows of the outside world. Some of us raise great walls within our minds and hope to hole ourselves up in solitude and denial. Others, throw open wide the gates to their heart and let the world do what it will hoping that everything will equal nothing.
Much the same as those knights did perish and the African warriors of old often died in combat, so do our souls. As we cross the no-man's land of life many of us fall victim to the bullets and blasts around us and no amount of protection is going to save us.
No man has ever built a fortress that can't be penetrated, no soul has thrown up walls so high they can't be broken down. When all of the bricks and mortar are stripped, all that remains is how tough you are as a person, as a human.
As humans our flesh might be weak and no match for bullets, but our souls can grow strong and invincible to the swords and arrows of the world and so they must. Because fate loves nothing more than stripping down our internal fortresses and if we are not ready as people, then we will fall prey to her whims.
So rather than raising the ramparts one level higher, rather than building the bricks one more foot thick, I'm readying myself for the battles of head, preparing for when they come inside. It's going to happen and I'm going to be ready and so should you dear reader.
Defend yourself well, but prepare yourself for war. Because the same as a knight is just as dead in his armor as he is outside, we can be just as dead within our defenses as we are without them.