On “The Way of the Warrior”

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Whenever we try out something we never did before, we learn a few things.

Yesterday (as the time of writing) is when I finished the last edit in the final “The Way of the Warrior” article, just two days before my deadline to publish it. Since even before finishing it, I’ve wanted to write an extra piece on the matter. Nothing about the topic itself, but more about the process of researching, writing and editing. I might make this a tradition for whenever I finish a big series, or I might not. Only time will tell.

Sharpness of Mind

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Recent research for my “The Way of the Warrior” series has led me to, among many things, intensify my training routine and dedicate myself more and more to my workouts.

In reading more deeply about the history of warriors—from rise to fall—I’ve realized that, although there are many things that contributed to their failures, the biggest one in almost every single instance was when they stopped fighting.

What? So you’re saying that war is actually good?

Facing Death

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A rich and mighty Persian once walked in his garden with one of his servants. The servant cried that he had just encountered Death, who had threatened him. He begged his master to give him his fastest horse so that he could make haste and flee to Teheran, which he could reach that same evening. The master consented and the servant galloped off on the horse. On returning to his house the master himself met Death, and questioned him, “Why did you terrify and threaten my servant?” “I did not threaten him; I only showed surprise in still finding him here when I planned to meet him tonight in Teheran,” said Death.

Victor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

As I sit down to write this post, Brussels is under a level 4 terror alert—the highest.

Beside me there’s a packed suitcase and in my bag, train tickets. Destination? A small village close to Brussels.