Monday, April 30, 2007

On This Modern Warrior Archetype Part Seven.4

4. Aggression has its time and place. Unleashed and unrestrained, power begins to consume itself. If arrested promptly, in a mass media society, prestige gained will compensate for the effort. One wants to revel; one realizes the consequences. Self control is something usually obtained through experience and formal training. A few possess the instinct. One way or another, deceleration expends energy. For some, the toll is less.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

On This Modern Warrior Archetype Part Seven.3

3. Showing fear is frowned upon by most non-decadent cultures. Paranoid display is not welcome in matters relating to life and death. The calm are universally respected. Even so, nervousness does have its place. It does not behoove one to get overly comfortable in potentially hostile situations. Mostly, when immediate action or decision is required, the better tact is to show no uncertainty or jitteriness. By admitting fear in oneself, one is given sight, and hence greatly increases the odds of coolness under pressure. If you know something is coming, one can brace against its impact or go limp as appropriate. Only experience will allow one to know for sure.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

On This Modern Warrior Archetype Part Seven.2

2. Fear is a force to be mastered. If one can admit (if only to one’s self) those traits and experiences wherein vulnerability lies, one can master the expected response. In so recognizing this insight, the ability can be transferred outward. In so exercising, one realizes that many motivations are really quite simple. One eats because one is hungry. Anything deeper is irrelevant in the moment. Reflections are vital, but one must survive to get the chance.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

On This Modern Warrior Archetype Part Seven.1

Part Seven.

On Dostoyevskian Psychology–

1. Dostoyevskian psychology is pure art, intuition and instinct. Science provides a useful check in its retrospective, but usually is not something that need be appealed in the moment. Understanding what goes on inside the heads of others can be crucial in a number of situations. Such skills are a useful way towards aggressive means, or avoidance. The potential for enmity can be negated by just the right amount of fear–too little emboldens; too much leads to a knife in the back. Outnumbered, This Modern Warrior Archetype does not necessitate enemies.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

On This Modern Warrior Archetype Part Six.13.0

13. In conflicts, where escalation is undesirable, This Modern Warrior Archetype will need to fight primarily through non-physical means. Baring living in a fortress, the Technical Morality cannot be avoided. One can always be trampled by the many. Deterrence may be employed by the numerically disadvantaged. Psychology is a suitable tool for the ends of survival. However, one must take care to avoid the foolishness often associated with its popular manifestations. Indeed, an earlier approach is much more useful. One must develop the ability to look within. Modern academic psychology is generally too analytical for such used. Observations must come from the real environment, and be based within its context. The collected works of Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky are an excellent resource for developing these skills.

End of Part Six.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

On This Modern Warrior Archetype Part Six.12.0

12. A technological society will inevitably adopt at least some machine values. The degree is directly proportional to the decadence and nihilism contained within the affected societies. A healthy society can not be encroached so easily by the cold dictates of the drive towards efficiency. The machine prospers, hence it must be a model for those with nothing else better. The result is decay within a shiny chrome finish.