“To seek perfection of the warrior’s spirit is the only task worthy of our manhood.”
– Carlos Castaneda
In “The Philosophy Of History”, Schlegel said that Chivalry is the poetry of life.
My own generation, and the generations which followed have lost touch with that essence of reality.
Young men aren’t trained to be warriors. In fact, the vast majority are never placed in any sort of rite of passage into manhood and adulthood at all.
Instead, they have been programmed and lied to by the baby-boom generation – many of which grew up isolated from the reality of violence in middle class suburban life (ironically provided by their warrior-worker fathers) to believe that the state should own a monopoly interest in violence, that “good” men never fight, that “every fight begins with the second punch”, and that they should avoid and shun not only physical confrontation, but exceptionalism, competition and winning at anyone else’s expense.
This is the way to be a “good man” in the post-modern world that young men find themselves in.
But people are slowly beginning to wake up…
Now many years old – the pop-cult film hit “fight club” resonated deeply with my generation of men – “a generation of men raised by women”, and – there is a growing swell of both men and women rejecting both the loutish ignorance of wanton violence and the politics of pacifism, deference and Fire-external level “sharing and caring”.
The post-modern warrior dialectic is beginning to emerge…
“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.”
– Jonathan Bowden
The Way Of The Warrior recognizes that warriorship, and physical power are an integral component of personal development, and that when left un-developed, leaves man un-whole.
As I have stated elsewhere – there is a reason that monks and monastics in all spiritual traditions must be provided with the requisites of life – food, clothing and shelter.
We only have to look at Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to see the foundation upon which all subsequent development is predicated.
I teach a 4 element model, which is loosely based on Leary and Wilson’s developmental model:
That model is a simplification of the Clare Graves model, and it’s a modified Clare Graves model that I use to teach The Four Elements at deeper levels.
Until you have worked out your bio-survival ability – you can never make true or real progress towards higher levels of personal consciousness or social development.
Unless and until we move towards a post-modern warriorship, Western culture is doomed to implode under the weight of itself.
So long as Atlas is consumed by materialism and petty self-interest – the world will continue to fall.
“The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world that he didn’t exist…”
– Verbal Kent
Competition and violence exist as realities of human society.
In this world, those who rise to the challenge – in their own self-interest, the interest of their families, and the interest of their communities and who do so consciously unified win.
Those who fail to face the reality of a world that requires warriors, or who only embrace petty thuggery and violence lose.
Lose their freedom…
Lose their lives…
Lose access to autonomy, opportunity and choice…
The good news is that you can have the best of both worlds without riding any fences.
You can be both a warrior, and a sage, and – even a man of peace.
But you must develop your own warrior-nature…
Once developed, it can be incorporated into your existence and transcended towards higher levels of development, but neglecting that nature will prevent you from feeling any sense of security – which is a pre-requisite for peace without surrender, will destroy your self-confidence, and leaving any gaps in your development at the Earth element level will retard your social, intellectual and post-personal development.
But – you can do it.
Developing your warrior-nature and abilities isn’t so difficult that it can’t be done, and it doesn’t take decades or even years to accomplish great enough gains that every other area of your life will improve.
Think about it – it’s the most natural thing in the world to do.
Nothing else in nature other than man believes that it needs an instruction manual, a book of rules or law to fulfill it’s own highest and best purpose.
And the truth is, neither do you.
It’s only a matter of a little elbow grease, and rejecting the useless middle-class baby boomer programming that most people were born into and have never examined from the outside before.
You can be a warrior…
You can be a good and a great person…
You can begin turning the rest of the rest of your life around, right now…