Having lived most of my adult life here in Asia, and having been here in Myanmar for the last 7 years – I rarely see and I avoid dealing with occidentals.
However, sometimes I travel to other countries, and some times I have to deal with them here.
The difference, in terms of quality between the people I see these days – particularly millennials, and even my grandparent’s generation is shocking.
Raised by your mothers to be systemized, sissified, self-indulgent materialists and fashionistas with six-pack abs.
Unable to express yourself outside of cliche’ memes.
Occupying the safest, most developed, most privileged, most equitable and just (although not perfect) society that has ever existed in human history but taking it for granted because you’ve never had to sacrifice anything to gain respect, security or convenience.
Many people would attribute these changes to overall progress and development in society.
In fact – the truth is exactly the opposite.
Ancient civilizations have existed which by comparison and relative to the technology and resources that they had were orders of magnitude greater than the one you live in.
And all of them disappeared and were eliminated from history.
Dynastic Egypt (or Kemet or whatever you want to call it). Greece. Rome. Classical China.
Towards the end of their greatness they all produced men of the same caliber that the Occident is producing today.
- Incapable of filial loyalty
The overall decline in strength, determination and integrity in the West is not evidence of progress.
It is evidence of regression and decline.
The bad news is – it always gets worse before it gets better and it often takes at least 1,000 years for another great generation to be raised and raise another great civilization.
The good news is – that while everyone else is counting their carbs, walking on egg-shells and tip-toeing through the tulips – you CAN harden the fuck up, become superhuman by habit.
When you do that, your gravity will pull other people with similar or even greater strength, resolve, and integrity of character into your circumference.
But you probably need to be more worried about your DOTA scores and how you look in “the club” when you unbutton your shiny shirt.
For people like you – Allow me to memesplain things to you – on the very outside chance that you might desist with the self-destructive buffoonery and do something great with your life.
But this isn’t really being posted with the intention of helping buffoons.
It’s meant to inspire and encourage and even provide a sign-post to 1/10th of 1% of the population in the Occident, or – anywhere in the world who actually have the capacity for greatness, and to do great things – whether at scale, or in small concentric ripples out from yourselves to your family, your peers, and so on.
I give you memes:
“You will know who your true friends are when you get sick or distressed. If one you thought was your friend keeps his distance from you during trying times then he should be considered a coward.”
-Yamamoto Tsunetomo, The Hagakure
“These scars on my body were gotten for you, my brothers. Every wound, as you see is in the front. Let that man stand forth from your ranks who has bled more than I, or endured more than I for your sake. Show him to me, and I will yield to our weariness and go home.”
-Alexander Of Macedonia
“Even horses and dogs who are fed together form bonds and become attached to one another.”
“The key is to keep company only with those who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.”
“Fight for this alone: The man who stands at your shoulder. He is everything, and everything is contained within him.”
-Dienekes at the battle of Thermopylae
“Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.”
“Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself.”
-Kong Fu Zi
“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he shall become as he can and should be.”
-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
“There is small risk a general will be regarded with contempt by those he leads, if whatever he may have to preach, he shows himself best able to perform.”
“How much time one saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks.”
“Walk with a real man one hundred yards and he will tell you at least seven lies.”
-Yamamoto Tsunetomo, The Hagakure
“Circumstances don’t make the man. They only reveal him to himself.”
“In times of peace, the warlike man attacks himself.”
“Self control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.”
“Thus proclaim I, and it shall be accomplished: I will utterly bruise mine adversaries flesh and break his bones, so let his friends abide together here to bear him forth when vanquished by my hands.”
“The superior man has a dignified ease without pride. The common man has pride without dignified ease.”
-Kong Fu Zi
“He who attends to his greater self becomes a great man, and he who attends to his smaller self becomes a small man.”
“To seek perfection of the warrior’s spirit is the only task worthy of our manhood.”
“Truthfully, in this age those with intellect have no courage and those with some modicum of physical courage have no intellect. If things are to alter during the next fifty years then we must re-embrace Byron’s ideal: The cultured thug.”
“What such a man needs is not courage but nerve control, cool headedness. This he can get only by practice.”
“When a man is beaten, tormented and defeated… He is ready to learn something.”
“The best men are not those who have waited for chances but who have taken them; besieged chance, conquered the chance and made chance the servitor.”
“A man is as miserable as he thinks he is.”
“Circumstances don’t make the man, they only reveal him to himself.”