Here are today’s Weapons of Warrior Wisdom.
If you’ve been coming around for awhile, you know I’m a long-time admirer and reader of The Great Books of The Western World. As part of the self-motivating library of Weapons I’ve created (story here), I’ve often created Weapons by simply writing out great passages of text (in longhand) that inspire me.
I use the same quality art paper and also add my Warrior logo or a small doodle of a book or something else. I also scribble these in a commonplace book I keep, a journal for quotes, thoughts and ideas, interesting knowledge — a record, of sorts, of living an “examined life.”
Anyway, found some of these while digging through that big stack of Weapons I’ve talked about. So, thought I would add Weapons that are part of what I will be calling: Weapons of The Great Book Series.
The Weapon of Warrior Wisdom images are linked to another page with more Weapons, a larger view, and more explanation.
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Your Founding Father of Life Intensity,
Hello fellow warrior,
The next Warrior Wisdom E-zine was to concentrate on MIND.
Let’s do it.
Schooling started back up this week for my Warrior girls.
I’ve got schooling and self-education on my mind. Both involve books, learning and studying. In many ways, my whole life is a testament to what power knowledge truly is. But make no mistake — none of the education that has mattered most to my OWN success in life was acquired through formal schooling.
One of the greatest shocks to me is when people ask me, not “why,” “how” I’ve gone on to do other things in my life beyond my sports entertainment successes. The question reeks of an ignorance people have about the power of self-education. Of course, in many instances, the question is asked in an attempt to ridicule. Pathetically, there is an oozing disdain many people harbor for those who put self-education’s power to work to make something better or different about their lives. Most of these people die at an early age by living lives of self-destruction.
Studies show that 60% of all people do not like, even hate, what jobs or profession they do to provide for themselves. The majority of these people are college educated professionals who pursued distinct curriculums so they could have careers doing what they, now, hate.
I get emails everyday from people all over the world telling me this kind of story. And yet, they seem to have no clue how to change it, like it would be impossible to do. For some weird reason, they believe what knowledge they learned years ago, through previous schooling in their youth, is all they have to offer. Like the possibility of learning new knowledge and taking up new pursuits was restricted to a certain time period in their life, and is beyond them now.
Are you one of these?
Are you one of the 30 yr-olds writing me that you have all this incredible and expensive college education but you feel like you made a huge mistake choosing the career you’ve pursued and are lost about what to do from this point forward in your life?
Are you one of the 40 yr-olds writing me and telling me your career is just one big can of Suck Ass and you’ve sucked ass for so long that you’re now stuck ass-over-ears into a lifestyle you just don’t want anymore but don’t no how to get out from under?
Are you one of the 50 yr-olds writing me and whining that the race is all over for you, that you didn’t have what it took to be a contender when you were young and you sure as hell don’t now because you’re too damn old and too damn tired to think about it let alone do anything about it?
What — are you a fucking retard? Are you into retardation? Mental retardation? Physical retardation? Life retardation?
You may say, defiantly, “Why no, Warrior, I am not a retard and I don’t appreciate you calling me one.” And I say to you — you aren’t being honest with yourself. You damn sure are a retard if you consciously allow your thinking — your MIND — to hinder life progress.
Your age, your mistakes up till this point in your life, your immediate circumstances — what do any of these matter when you have the power of your mind and all the potential you can endlessly exploit out of life? Nothing, really — except how you are allowing your MIND to use them as excuses. Being smashed face-first into the truth does not always feel good, no. But the truth is what it is, and to fix what is wrong about ourselves, at some point and time, we must face it.
The more I watch over the schooling and education of my own girls, and reflect upon why my MIND works the way it does, it becomes more and more obvious to me why people do not “get it” about the power and potential of self-education.
The truth is, formal, classroom schooling, in and of itself, has a peculiar way of instilling ignorance about one’s true life-potential and an overall fear of life all the while it dismantles creativity and individual uniqueness.
“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michaelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel.”
~ Pablo Casals
Twenty years after the education system has its way with you, you go out into the world and do what you have no love or passion of doing. Basically, you go out and do something to make money so you can turn right around and spend it. You become one of the robots — both working on the production line and buying what comes off it. And, then, 20, 30, or 40 years down the road, you start to question what the hell you’ve been doing and what life is really all about. But by that time, the natural, instinctual creativity and intelligence you were born with as a child is substituted with a long-lasting, ingrained ignorance whereby you believe you don’t have the ability to learn at all anymore.
It’s a shame. It’s a GOD DAMN DISRESPECTING SHAME.
Schooling, ladies and gentlemen, is NOT synonymous with education. Not the kind of education, anyway, that matters toward preparing the human being for the greatest possibility to live a happy, inspired and fulfilling life. Oh, hell yeah, you learned all you needed to so that you can (and WILL without question) play by the rules of the system. The problem is all of THAT was designed to destroy your possibility at living the greatest life you had the potential for. You own all the crap, image and prestige money can buy, but you don’t OWN yourself.
None of your schooling taught you the most important thing. A love of learning. A lifetime love, so that you would know, forever, that you don’t need a school or schooling to educate yourself.
Listen to me. Learning and education happens in the mind, not in the school. You have a mind. You don’t need a damn school or schooling. If you will grasp the reality of these two things, then you don’t have to EVER accept (at any time or age) the life circumstances and conditions you are miserable in.
You are an Artist capable of Masterpieces. Don’t waste any more time fucking around. What’s gone is gone — forever. What you have left is ALL there is. Only a retard would waste it.
Read the biographies, words, thoughts, writings and ideas of others who got it right. Piggyback on their inspiring spirits. Bask in their strength and creativity and determination and courage until the virtues wear off on you. Wrap your MIND around GREATNESS and your OWN acts will become GREAT soon enough, too.
In Corners-till a Day
The Owner passed-identified-
And carried Me away-
Your Founding Father of Life Intensity –
The Iliad — Homer
The History — Herodotus
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain — Betty Edwards
Thick Face Black Heart — Chin–Ning Chu
The Elements of Style — Strunk and White
The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans — Plutarch
The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History — Thomas Woods
The Quest for Cosmic Justice — Thomas Sowell
Thinking Big — David Schwartz
How to Live on 24 Hours a Day — Arnold Bennett
Hamlet — Shakespeare
Gulliver’s Travels — Jonathan Swift
The Knight in Rusty Armor — Robert Fisher
~ Victor Hugo
I’m never without book. I love a great book.
I really love one of The Great Books of the Western World. They not only educate me, they enlighten me, make me more aware of how important understanding philosophy is to one’s life.
I also read and enjoy books that inspire and empower practical aspects of my life.
Set yourself up on a reading program to read at least two books per week. Find an hour or two to read everyday. You have the time — you just aren’t making it. Create this habit and it will change your life. If you have to get up an hour or two earlier than you normally to do your reading, do so. Increasing your knowledge and bettering your life takes discipline.
Turn the TV off. Leave it off if you don’t have the discipline to only watch quality stuff that empowers your life. Better yet — throw the damn thing out. It never makes the quality of your life or your attitude any better when you watch the news or the junk programming (basically what ALL TV is today). Every time you watch this crap, it makes your attitude and quality of life worse.
Don’t read garbage. Garbage in your mind, garbage out through your thoughts and actions.
Thirteen Great and Must Reads for warriors (from a spectrum of subjects):
Your Founding Father of Mind over Matter,
“Until lately the West has regarded it as self-evident that the road to education lay through great books. No man was educated unless he was acquainted with the masterpieces of his tradition. There was never very much doubt in anybody’s mind about which the masterpieces were. They were the books that endured and that the common voice of mankind called the finest creations, in writing, of the Western Mind.”
~ Robert M. Hutchins
The books are from diverse topic areas. I can’t force any of you to read. But you always ask what I do to stay inspired and positive in my own life. I read books. I spend at least two hours a day reading “good-to-great” books.
To gain knowledge that can help you live a better quality of life, you have to learn it, and to learn it, you have to read books or get the knowledge from some other source. Access to books is easy. Most of them cost little. A library card cost $5 — and is an awesome place to read. You can find many of the classic Great books online for free — Project Gutenberg is a good start. And in my opinion, reading makes a greater impact on your mind.
Thinking and learning, the kind that makes you more powerful in your life, is not something you do passively. The more engaged your mind is, the better. Watching video or listening to audio to learn is nothing compared to having your mind absorbed with the structure of a book and the process of piecing together ideas and concepts from words and sentences.
Even when it comes to fiction, there’s nothing like imaginatively and creatively becoming one with the story inside a book. Even the best movies leave the best parts of a story out.
Success in life in its most fundamental way is effort and work. Books leave you no choice. Effective reading holds your mind captive — it makes you make the effort and do the work. And that’s a good thing. A very good thing.
It’s easy to find myself in conversation with people who want to better their lives. It happens frequently. But rarely is the person who wants change doing anything to learn more knowledge to create it. Developing the habit of daily reading WILL change your attitude and your life in dramatic ways. Up to you. Always is. NEVER anyone else.
Your Founding Father of Mind over Matter,