Halo: Official Spartan Field Manual is an entertaining read for anyone who has ever played and loved the Halo video games. It is written as if the reader is a newly commissioned and augmented Spartan preparing for the first duty assignment.
It touches on a little bit of everything in the Halo universe from planets and species to weapons and UNSC structure. It’s a manual on being an effective soldier for a fictional institution in a fantastical universe, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from it.
Whether you are a fan of Halo or not, check out the prodigious life lessons pulled from this field manual:
1 – It takes bold souls to make an impact.
The manual mentions that Spartans make a a huge impact, but that it’s an extremely dangerous and selective career path.
As with most actions that have an affect on the world, it’s not for the faint of heart. If you want to take a stand and truly make a difference, it’s going to take serious strength, intelligence, and risk.
2 – Always be prepared.
Maybe we don’t live in the Halo universe, but our world is not without danger and unexpected anomalies.
Don’t fret and panic over an unseen future, but be prepared for the basic issues that come with normal life. Have a spare tire and know how to swap it with a flat one. Keep some extra money saved up for emergencies. Take a snack if you’ll be gone all day and practice hard for a competition.
Be prepared. Aliens aren’t likely to fall from the sky today, but a thunderstorm might. So close your car windows and get ready.
3 – There’s much we don’t know.
I keep saying that we don’t live in the Halo universe, but we still live in a massive, growing, mysterious universe. We are one grain of sand in an ocean of planets and galaxies. We have no idea what’s beyond the range of our telescopes.
Sure, there are theories. There are very intelligent humans out there guessing what’s going on beyond the Milky Way. But it’s all a major compilation of hypotheses. We don’t know. We figure facts out here and there, but we are far from finding out what’s happening on the other side of the universe. We don’t even know what goes on at the bottom of our own oceans.
Let your mind consider all the fascinating worlds and creatures that could potentially be undiscovered by man. It’s mind-blowing.
4 – Fight as one.
All the components of the UNSC and the Spartan teams work well because they do one thing very well – they fight as one. They work as a unit and complete missions together. No one branch of the institution succeeds without the others.
Whether it’s at work, a sport team, or at home as a family – it’s going to work best if the members work as one. Everyone needs to be on the same page and know his/her job and how it contributes to the mission as a whole.
When we work as one, we all have purpose and a desire to work for the greater good. If teammates go rogue, it leads the entire unit to fall down into a disorganized, inefficient mess.
Be one, moving unit of teamwork.
5 – Be ready for both times of war and times of peace.
I found it intriguing that manual based off of a war video game mentioned being a good soldier in times of peace. That’s an aspect of this career that is often overlooked and forgotten about to those on the outside.
Yes, be ready for war if you’re a Spartan. But also do your part when the earth is at peace. Be a good worker, a fellow citizen, a supporter of the industry – anything related to making the world a safer place.
The same goes for those of us not on our way to leading a Spartan force – let’s make the world a better, safer place, even if we aren’t directly fighting evil aliens. Pass out free meals or water, volunteer at state parks, give a donation to a group home – the possibilities are endless.
Let’s learn ways to lead keep the world spinning no matter what it’s going through.
In the end, yes, it’s not a book about real life. Regardless, Halo: Official Spartan Field Manual, taught me five very important lessons: You must be brave to make a difference, be prepared, realize how much we don’t know about life and the universe, fight as one, and be ready for both war and peace.
Throughout reading this book I was amazed that this entire fictitious universe was built from the original idea of a video game. People are truly creative.
Thanks for reading this post. Go create your own universe of life and wonder. And maybe one day some nerdy kid will read about it a write a blog post on it. Who knows?
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