Is [Leonard Cohen] drawn to the [military] field of action?
I don’t really have any desire to shoot anyone’s face off. But, given how lazily undisciplined, wild and greedy we all are, when you actually manage to get a few people organized into clean clothes, graceful marching patterns and a habit of discipline and obedience, I guess it’s really some kind of miracle. And those are exactly the same methods used in monasteries, or in any form of training. That notion of training has always interested me, and the army has traditionally been a place where young men are trained.
From Tortoise-Shell Hero by Biba Kopf. New Musical Express, March 2, 1985.