Vikings were different from other people in several major ways.
Their average IQ was about 125. They were very smart and prized intelligence in their mates.
Fear was breed out of Vikings and perhaps it was done so in their ancestors before they became Vikings.
Fear, panic and running away is ok for warm climates but if you do that in the cold north you will end up dying of exposure. The dumb ones froze to death.
When fear is created in response to another person then running away may save your life and you can fight again another day. Until then you can sit under a palm tree and plan your next attack.
You can right away see why that won't work in the cold north. That is why they breed out the emotion of fear and left only the intelligent ones alive. Those things in the north that will scare most people need to be approached with pure logic and brains.
The higher intelligence replaces the loss of the emotion of fear.
The Viking instead of worrying endlessly about having to walk through an incoming storm will simply take along an extra coat.
The modern Viking will never stress over not having enough gas in their car since they will simply have have made certain they have bought enough ahead of time.
I'm not certain if any non-Viking could handle the relationships that Vikings had. First, friendship was the most important part of Viking life.
The Viking attitude was that your friends should find your weaknesses and do it in a playful innocent way before someone else does. That would leave you intact emotionally and financially whereas if a stranger took advantage of you it might kill you or take you years to recover.
This aspect of our relationships was the main reason for the strength and independence of the Vikings. Viking friendships were forged in strength, never weakness.
Vikings intermingled with more strangers on a regular basis and as equals than did any other group of people. These strangers rarely had the same ethics and would often take unfair advantage of Vikings if they had a chance.
Often their motivation was to make a person dependent by weakening them and they weakened them by undermining their strength.
Once their strength was taken the person became dependent. All those relationships are formed out of weakness and not out of strength.
The relationship of weakness is automatically destroyed when the person gets stronger. Since they have no weakness, they have no dependence so why should they stay around? The other person must keep them weak in order to keep the relationship.
© 2003, 20 John Pinil