Adult Retardation. Special Ed Kids have More Courage.

“A man without proper use of his intellectual faculties is, if possible, more contemptible than even a coward, and seems to be mutilated and deformed in a still more essential part of the character of human nature. This is the condition of the great body of people, confined in their employment to few simple operations, having no occasion to exert their understanding, or to exercise their invention in finding out expedients for removing difficulties…the torpor of his mind renders him not only incapable of relishing or bearing a part in any rational conversation, but of conceiving any generous, noble or tender sentiment, and consequently of forming any just judgment concerning many of the ordinary duties of private life.”
~Adam Smith

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.

Education is derived from educare (Latin) “bring up”, which is related to educere “bring out”, “bring forth what is within”, “bring out potential.”

Here you are born into this world capable of some form of genius. I believe this. And you were robbed of it before you even knew you were being ripped off.

“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.

My Life had stood-a Loaded Gun-
In Corners-till a Day
The Owner passed-identified-
And carried Me away-

Emily Dickinson

Your Founding Father of Life Intensity –

Always Believe,

Warrior

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Thirteen Great and Must Reads for warriors (from a spectrum of subjects):

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

Comments
10 Responses to “Adult Retardation. Special Ed Kids have More Courage.”
  1. Kevin says:

    Absolutely brilliant post! I especially love Pablo Casals quote and your awesome book list.

    You are so right that there are so many others who have self-destructed. It’s such a sweet victory that you and your family thrive and prosper, while so many wrestlers who criticize and scrutinize you or facing REAL self-destruction.

    If the WWE is hell-bent on releasing “self-destruction” DVDs, there are soooooo many wrestlers they could choose from who are TRULY self-destructing, wrestlers who either have unfortunetely destroyed themselves or who have survived their wrestling careers only to ruin their marriages, their kids, their health, and their legacies by becoming pitiful parodies of themselves.

    Best wishes to your Warrior daughters as they embark on this new school year….I have two daughters myself.

  2. Jan Ramsey says:

    Dear Warrior,

    How can your timing get any better. This post definately helped me and my family.

    My 14 year old (turned that on Sept 10) wrote on her facebook the same day I read your post. This is what she said.

    “I’m not sure what to think right now. Listening to pink and thinking of how my life will turn out. How this next year will be, what high school am I going to, what college, what profession. I’m not sure what to think.”

    I told her that at 14 she should try living worry free. There is pleanty of time to ponder these thoughts without wasting your youth. I told her what you said about people choosing and working towards a Profession they chose early and then hating it but feelin stuck. I paraphrased a lot of it so it would fit her situation.

    I used my own daughter as an example of how waiting can sometimes be better for you. My daughter is 34 and will graduate and be an RN next month. She didnt start till she was 25, made LPN, worked for 4 years and then went for RN. She loves her job but I truly believe if she had gone to college right out of high school it would not be that way.

    However, without what you had written this granny would have been lost on how to advise her. Thank you for being there, caring about us and just for being you. You have inspired and motovated many that never take the time to tell you. Felt you should know.

  3. Chris Palmer says:

    Keep up watt ur doing I love it. it’s straight forward to the point. It’s simple, easy, inspiring and motivating. One day after I achieve something great I am gonna do watt u do for a living now.

  4. joel says:

    Mr. Warrior, I want you to know that I am one of your biggest fans…I enjoy your blog, I have enjoyed your work in professional wrestling…I agree with you on many issues. But I am truly offended by your wording in your latest blog. I work with people who have developmental disabilities, and the way that you describe the developmentally disabled just baffles my mind. These people are my life and I would do anything to protect and defend them…I realize that youre trying to get your point across, but I think that your intelligent enough of a human being to get it across in a different and less offensive manner.

  5. brent lawson says:

    warrior,good writing and love reading it.great work.

  6. Hey Warriro–

    I’m a big fan from way back, become pastor and now (sick at home) using the internet to spread good ideas & thoughts around the world, to help people understand God, their civilization, and the problems and crises around us.

    I agree with you that the need for remembering all the great books & ideas which are our inheritance & treasure is so important today, when schools seem bent on teaching kids only about recycling and feeling good about doing nothing in particular.

    I’m also glad to see that the Wrestling Industry didn’t consume you as it has some, and that McMahonCorp didn’t eat you up and spit you out.

    If you’re a fan of the Politically Incorrect series, may I recommend to you Anthony Esolen’s very fine *The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization*? It ties so much together– a great book about Great Books.

    Cheers, and thanks for all the memories,

    Binks, WebElf
    Nova Scotia, Canada

  7. Geoff says:

    Hi there.

    I admi i have to agree with you on most of the points that you made. The education system isnt designed to help minds develop. All it is there to do is force feed an unthinking populace with material that is little short of propoganda. The last thing the system wants is people who can think for themselves, think creatively. They want sheep who will allow themselves to be indoctrinated into an unbelievably narow view of the world, that all we know is all there is to know.

    Most of what we are taught is a lie, but we are forced to learn it so that we can do well enough in the indoctrination centres to get decent jobs, in the hope that we can live a life that is more than working, eating and sleeping.

    If you really want people to open their minds, I’d also recommend a Bitish author named David Icke who, though much maligned by the mainstream media, has some incredible insights into the world. You may not agree with everything he has to say, but you will find it difficult to dismiss.

  8. Malakai says:

    Great words, Warrior. I have actually read most of those myself. But when I say read, I mean really read like go back and read them again and again. You can’t get all the lesson in one fell swoop can you? Life is like that I think, except we only have one shot. So why do we take the safe routes? Why do we go for the easier jobs and the money. I’m in university for a program that is supposed to be the back up plan for my true passion, which is performing. Lately, I found myself wondering why I spend so much time on my back up plan that my primary plan is slipping away on me.

    Then I read your post and it could not have come at a better time.

    Thanks Warrior.

    Keep on writing with that Intensity sir.

  9. Deep words Warrior, but also very true. Let me add to it the words of your fellow American Lance Armstrong: “Do what excites you!”.

  10. John CC says:

    Good Day Warrior,

    I must be honest, I generally do not agree with your views, but I keep up with your writings from time to time because I have a great amount of respect for your intensity and drive to succeed. Disagreement is necessary in order to discover the truth.

    Anyway, I DO agree with your views in this post. I am 30 years old and I hated my job and walked through life with my head down. Then one day I woke up. I realized my misery would soon manifest itself in my relationships and the respect (or lack thereof) I would receive from my family and children. I decided to go after what I wanted. I decided to make use of my abilities to make a difference rather than tread water.

    I went back to school to become a high school teacher. My Goal? Not just to teach, but to instill: Confidence, Curiosity, and Critical Thinking. I’m aware I will have to battle against state curriculum standards, but that will not hinder my goal to education teens. And to education is not to deposit information. It is to instill a love of learning, as you said above.

    I just wanted to share this with you to support your words that it is never too late and there are no walls we can’t scale. I am doing all this life change and study, while working full time and being an involved father. My loss? Nothing more than a little sleep.

    Thanks.

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