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The Way of the Warrior – The Samurai

6890323608_bc1af1b1fe_oWhy are the samurai romanticized as much as they are? What is so special about this class of Japanese warriors? Why do people still to this day try to keep the art (kenjutsu) alive?

To lay all my biases on the table, I’ll start by saying that I’m a big fan of samurais. Since I was very young I remember going crazy over animes about them, playing with swords and pretending I was one. Of course it was only after several years that I started reading about them in detail and going into what it really meant to be a samurai. This is probably the single class of warriors I respect the most and their views resonate very strongly with me.

Why is that, though?

The Way of the Warrior – Bhagavad Gita

Bhagavad Gita

“Life offers no fiercer battle than this war within.”
— Eknath Easwaran

What separates warriors from savages? What can we learn from people who dedicated their entire lives to fighting? Were they seeking something bigger or just being mindlessly violent?

If there has ever been a constant in my life, that constant has been battles.

Whether it was on top of tatami during martial arts practices, the struggle to do one extra rep when working out or even to get up when not feeling like it. I’ve been fighting ever since I was born, and chances are you have too.

And the least we should do, when in a battle, is to behave like a warrior.

How to Plan Your Life Around Your Creativity

Creativity

Creativity is a strong word that we hear very often, a quality desired by many. Some believe we are either born with creativity or we’re not. And if we aren’t born with it, we’re out of luck. I myself used to believe that creativity is something we either have or we don’t, and that I wasn’t in the “blessed” group.

But something about that thought seemed wrong, and because of that I went looking for solutions, ways to stimulate my creativity and make the most of it. I found several books and articles, read them and didn’t feel like I was getting closer to where I wanted. I didn’t feel like anything was changing in my life as those articles and books promised.

Education Manifesto

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I would be a hypocrite if I weren’t open to discussing this manifesto and even changing the entirety of it as well, so I welcome any type of criticism and anyone who holds different ideas to challenge me on whatever is written here.

For centuries we have been stuck in the same system, one in which teachers and professors hold the knowledge and transfer it to classrooms filled with bored students. Students who would rather be anywhere else than there, students who see little to gain from listening to a monotonous middle aged man or woman explain a concept they will find little use for in their future lives. For centuries, universities and schools have hardly changed. They have gotten more modern, sure, now most classrooms come with projectors and other devices aimed at making the “learning experience” a breeze, but despite all of the modernizations, the methods continue the same. We are still sitting, facing professors, asking ourselves why we are not doing other things, asking ourselves why we have to memorize fuzzy concepts by heart, asking ourselves if there is a different, better way.

A Primer on Philosophy

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“I’ll get to that book in one or two weeks, but I need some philosophy now.”

I said those exact words recently and people seemed taken aback, as usually happens when I say that I “need some philosophy.” Nowadays the image we have of philosophers is that they are people who sit down and think, think and eventually come up with a new theory. “Maybe this is how the world works!” Some people even have a negative view of the subject. They think that philosophy is nothing but a waste of time, and instead we should be moving and working and definitely not trying to find subjective answers to subjective questions. Science is already a foolproof method to discover new things, right?

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