Part of my rationale for making this thread about being warlike in an EVERYDAY sense is because, generally speaking, people ARE so averse to war and it commonly has a negative connotation. We should be more comfortable with being warlike. What better way than to live it day in and day out? If war is an apt metaphor for life, then we DO need to be warlike EVERYDAY.
There is more to war than just the actual battle. There is preparation, training, and strategy. Not to mention the aftermath, and burying and honoring the dead. War should be SACRED.
For prospective warriors: the practical adivce offered in this thread is to become more and more disciplined, vigilant, and assertive. Being warlike was also associated with nobility, chivalry, and even mercy in this thread. I think there is something to this. It offers us a look at the more "refined" aspects of war and life-as-war. There is a certain artistry or showmanship to war. Honor between opposing warriors should be valued and encouraged. There is even a practical side to showing mercy - let a few survivors live and instruct them: "tell everyone what you saw here today." Your reputation and power will grow simply by word-of-mouth