If you know the Way broadly you will see it in everything.
My thoughts on applying budo and what I learn from it.
I have a younger sister. She’s always been a die hard Christian, but recently has abandoned it. One day she gets into a philosophical debate with my youngest brother and says life is meaningless, because morality is subjective. Since the universe was created out of randomness there is no purpose and meaning. She has abandoned her belief in Christianity for nihilism.
I’ve encountered this school of thought in the past, but have never felt the need to invest time learning about it after reading past a couple of lines. My intuition has always been that the philosophy of nihilism is dated. Physicists are still trying to uncover mysteries of the quantum mechanic. Nihilism doesn’t factor in this data. Nihilism correlates purpose to intelligent design. Chaos and randomness are phenomena of an atomic universe and the laws of physics. Why do people correlate randomness to negativity. On the contrary, randomness is necessary to create life. Chaos and order need each other. They simply are.
The meaning of life is to find purpose within randomness and chaos. To create something out of nothing. It takes greater interpersonal strength to do so.
Purpose is something to find within. It’s not something that is assigned by an all powerful being. Purpose is not something that is to be discover outside of you. That’s too easy, and most people want easy. Purpose and meaning is something that you must create.
Purpose and meaning in life is about cultivating self-growth, understanding, communication and being in the service of others. #2serve #bushido
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We still have much to learn about our universe on the quantum level which hasn’t been accounted for in much of our philosophies.
So I’m having a conversation with a business partner of mine at NCPGlobal.org and we are talking about anger issues. I tell him that I do not deal with cofounders and business partners that have anger issues, because it can destroy an entire company. He countered that it’s an emotion that is part of being human.
I agree. But, my point is that it is unacceptable to allow one’s anger issue to go out of control. The damage that anger causes affects members of your team, and are difficult to repair.
I wouldn’t study martial arts under a person with a full-time job. I would study technique from that person with a full-time job, yes. What can a person with a full time job teach me on the Martial Arts?
Let me explain, I consider martial artists to be those that live a path of high-risk, no job security and no hedging. This is an environment where one is out of their comfort zone 24-7. Because, it is only outside of your comfort zone when you can enter a “Primal Mindset“. Furthermore, it is only this environment where there are triggers required for a flow state. Flow state is the mental mindset free of the ego. A teacher must have a highly developed sense of empathy. Empathy, benevolence and altruism are forged in a person when ego is let go, thus entering a flow state.
“primal mindset,”** which is a mental state where complacency in any aspect of life is perceived as a disadvantage for survival. Tapping into this primal mindset in one area of your life will undoubtedly benefit you in the others. -Mansel Denton
A person who has a full-time job is hedging, and thus is not in a primal mindset. Thus, isn’t in a consistent state of developing altruism, empathy or benevolence. These are crucial characteristics a person needs in order to be called a martial artist.
On a final note, I’ll relate this concept back to entrepreneurship. Chris Sacca, said in an interview that he chooses cofounders to invest in with a high sense of empathy. He believes the world would be a better place if more founders had empathy. I bet this is a defining characteristic of a founder for Chris Sacca. This is also a defining characteristic of what a martial artist is.
If a person wants to be able to defend them self in a life or death situation than they must let go of the ego. The same is true in order to develop empathy.
Only be friends with those you can start a company with. Another way to look at it is; only befriend those who are also in a “primal mindset“. Because, then you know they have a highly developed sense of altruism as a result of being in an environment packed with flow triggers. In fact, if your startup team is not in a near constant group flow state, you will not succeed.