Now that we have realized, activated, cultivated, improved, steeled, and tempered our inner warrior; how do we sustain him? How do we ensure all the work we have done to become what we were always meant to be is not squandered or wasted? What do we do? How do we not only prolong our warriordom but also ensure we become better men and warriors?
To keep the fires burning, a man and his inner warrior must be focused, dedicated, and disciplined. He must be the consummate professional in everything he says and does, thus ensuring his behavior is above reproach. These efforts will preserve his gains and establish a stronger foundation from which the inner warrior will remain capable and knowledgeable even as he seeks wisdom and understanding.
Nobody is every truly ready for what may come. The men who survive and succeed, however, are the ones most ready, most capable, most flexible, and most adaptable. They seek to always improve themselves and others. They work to increase their mental capacity, their mental health, and physical capability; feed their intellectual hunger, and enlighten their soul. Through these efforts, a man is able to sustain his inner warrior.
Let us examine each a bit deeper.
Intellectually, a man must sustain his inner warrior through constant education. In doing so, he will be better able to reach the necessary levels of knowledge with which he can obtain strategic vision, refine his worldview, and channel his efforts. Learning is a lifelong process; therefore, there is no end to the things a man can learn. The sooner a man recognizes this, the better he will be at sustaining his intellectual growth.
Mentally, a man’s inner warrior must be as healthy as possible, for this will serve as a force multiplier and enable him to achieve intellectual clarity, physical mastery, and spiritual enlightenment. With a clear and healthy mind, a man can achieve anything. Conversely, a cluttered, unhealthy, or otherwise distracted mind leads a man into dangerous waters, making him vulnerable to internal and external threats. As with learning, a healthy mental state is a never-ending process. To avoid succumbing to the temptations and vices, a man must sustain as healthy a mental state as he is capable of achieving. Where the mind goes, the body and soul follows.
Physically, a man sustains his inner warrior through consistent training, not only to preserve his physical longevity but also to improve his fighting and survival skills. As with mental health, physical health is lifelong, especially in a man’s later years. A young man is blessed with natural strength and stamina, as well as much shorter recovery times. As a man ages, his body begins to show the wear and tear of years of hard training and physical abuse. He must, at this point, begin to adjust so that he remains a viable warrior. Train smarter, not harder – this is an oft-heard maxim that should not be taken lightly. Be smart when training your body – it is your only one. Ensure it remains healthy and capable for as long as possible.
Spiritually, a man must strive to be pure. From purity comes nobility and enlightenment: the spiritual goals of the inner warrior. The means are less important than the ends. That is, whether a man lives by the Ten Commandments or the Nine Noble Virtues, or something else, matters less than the fact that he believes in something and follows a set of principles. An unprincipled man is no warrior and our people have no need of him. Believe what you will, but believe in something. Use your religious, philosophical, or spiritual beliefs to guide your actions and show you “the way.” Find your path and continue your journey.
I would like to make a few comments about “individuality vs community.” Many men fall into one or the other of these seemingly contrarian camps. The former describes an independent and solitary loner, going his own way, and preferring that way of life. In contrast, communities are bound together by blood, marriage, race, religion, or any number of other attributes. This ‘binding’ makes for a stronger unit than one composed of individual men.
I and my northern European barbarian ancestors have a very stubborn sense of individuality. But this is tempered by a strong tie to community, for the individual is nothing without his community. These ancient people, our genetic and biological ancestors, lived and fought for their family, their clan, and their tribe -their communities- and this gave them strength the individual man lacks. Our ancestral individuality was not solitary; rather, it was individuality on a community level. By this I mean that each group -family, clan, or tribe- worked as an individual cohesive unit towards the common goals of survival and prosperity for their people.
Men bound by common principles, shared worldviews, and/or racial traditions have a longevity and communal history that pervades their very beings. It makes them much more than the mere sum of their biological parts. They belong to something greater than themselves, and this serves to motivate them to do more for their fellows. This sense of belonging makes the community a strong unit composed of smaller strong units such as families.
As a warrior, a man must remember he is part of such a grouping. He may have his own individual strengths, skills, and talents, and the freedom to choose his own path, but when he puts those to use for the good of his people, he embodies the sense of community. He is no longer a solitary man; he is part of a living organism that not only feeds and nourishes his soul, but also gives him the opportunity to make those around him better.
There is also the issue of “isolation vs comradeship.” These two concepts are related to the previous comparative issue of “individual vs community,” but on a smaller scale. Isolation and comradeship are internal concepts whereas the individualism and community are external. Furthermore, this concept occurs on an individual basis; that is, each man feels one or the other, and often goes between the two many times throughout his life, depending on situation, atmosphere, mental, and emotional state, and the man himself.
Many men have a vague awareness of how isolation affects their lives and impacts their behavior. There is a lack of kinship and dearth of the bonds that tie groups of people together. Isolation makes a man think in terms of “I” and “me,” and gives him a very unidirectional focus.
When a man becomes part of a group, such as that comprised of warriors, he loses that sense of isolation and begins to understand the meaning of comradeship, and what it means to rely on other men and have them rely upon him. This is a transformative process which allows the man and his inner warrior to grow, mature, and evolve. He begins to understand things in terms of “we” and “our,” and gives him an omnidirectional worldview.
Man is a social creature in general. There is a genuine longing for community within humanity, yet this comes with a sense of awkwardness and helplessness about finding the way to achieve it. Sometimes an extreme experience -danger or a threat- brings men together. At other times, it grows naturally as men come together. Regardless of how it comes about, comradeship reaches its peak in battle. This can be physical combat or extreme hardship.
Comradeship gives men a sense of freedom and power; that is, they feel freedom to be who they truly are and powerful among their comrades. There is also a sense of liberation that comes over them as they think less of themselves and more of others. Men are true comrades only when each is ready to give up his life for the other, without reflection, and without thought of personal loss. Such sacrifice seems hard and heroic to those who have never felt part of a community. It is for this reason that community is much more powerful than individuality.
As you sustain your inner warrior, you will piss people off. Accept and embrace this now so you are better able to interact with those whom your behaviors affect adversely. This does not give you license to be a complete cunt about things; rather, by your noble deeds and steadfast adherence to principles, you will threaten lesser men. They will fear you and what you represent. This is the way of things between wolves and sheep.
Sustaining your inner warrior means living every day as if it were your last. Figure out what is important to you, what adds value to your life, and only do those things. If it is not of value, then it has no meaning. Do not waste your time and do not allow others to waste your time. Time is one thing we will never get back, so make the most of every minute. Regret nothing.
Never give up; never quit; never tap-out. Fight until your last breath with everything you have in your arsenal. A man’s true character shines through when he faces adversity and failure. By never giving up, he is able to fight through pain, suffering, and depression, to not only conquer himself but also overcome defeat. To fail is not to lose, but rather to achieve a small victory. Through failure, we learn. Failures provide us valuable lessons we would not have discovered had we not failed. Use them to your advantage but never give up.
Are you a man ready to embrace what it means to become a warrior? Not every man can withstand the rigors of this arduous process. Many try and some fail. Is it not better to have tried and failed than not to have tried at all? Be the man in the arena rather than among the multitude of observers. You were born for this. It is your destiny.
Sustaining the warrior is not the end but merely a process of improvement that must continue indefinitely. Being a warrior is not something that can be codified within time constraints, as each Age of Man has had warriors suited for their specific historic eras. Our time is no different… and this is where we shall turn next: Considerations for Warriors in the Modern Era.