Of Men, Zombies and the Apocalypse

It is undeniable that there has been a major rise in all things zombie and apocalyptic recently. There are numerous reasons for this, and I don’t care to hear or discuss them, not now. Save one. The apocalypse resonates with something deep inside us, deep within the heart of men. Civilization crumbling to hoards of zombies touches upon an instinct that is otherwise left dormant. But let us consider, for a moment, what this apocalypse would mean. Millions upon millions would be left without access to food and medical care, causing deaths beyond our comprehension within a weeks, or even days. Without someone to look after them, young children, elderly, cancer patients, diabetics, our weak, sick and especially our most innocent would die. Tens of thousands would be left to rot, zombies or no. We would have no new food and oil shipped around the world. Areas without natural access to water would die. The tens of millions who are accustomed to going to the store for food would starve within months or weeks. Major population centers would be the first to fall to the masses who hunger and thirst within. Many cities only have enough food to last a few days at most with out more being shipped in. How long have you ever gone without food or drink? Now add zombies into the mix of millions of sick, starving and weak people wanting only to find a drink of water, or a safe place to rest peacefully for a … Continue reading

Be Afraid

What is this thing called fearlessness? Tell me the bear defending it’s cubs from the wolves feels no fear. Tell me the Masai tribesman standing before the ferocious lion with nothing but a spear feels no fear. Tell me the wolverine defending it’s kill from a bear ten times it’s size feels no fear. Tell me the Spartans felt no fear when faced with an endless hoard ready to wash over them with the flesh and blood of every nation under Persian rule. No sane creature may be without fear. Our bodies are meant to feel fear. We are meant to be afraid. It keeps us alive. It focuses our body and mind on survival. Fear primes our muscles for action, draws blood from our skin so we will bleed less when cut, puts our senses into overdrive so we may better perceive threats. Fear is a chemical reaction within our body. Fear is meant to keep us alive. A creature that does not feel fear will die. Then what is fearlessness? It is an illusion. One may only appear fearless. Those on the outside do not understand, for they do not feel the fear. But you know… the fear is very real. Push forward despite the fear and you will be seen as fearless. Courage and Bravery are better words for what is called “fearlessness”. Achieving courage is simple, becoming brave is very straight forward, but by no means easy. Step 1: Be afraid. Face the lion that is your fear. Step 2: … Continue reading

You Are Not You

Inspiration, your Alpha Mode, Daimon (Greek “Genius”). The Real You. Hidden beneath but begging to be unleashed. Quietly ignored by most, fully embraced by some. All throughout history mankind has recognized this power. It has had many names. Those I listed above are only a few. The Greeks had a far different understanding of it than we do now. They believed every person born had a spirit, their daimon or “genius”, bound to them. This genius would look out for them through life and at times take them over. The greeks did not see being a genius as something you forced, instead you let it happen. The genius, inspiration, cannot be forced. In the book “The Virtues of War” a novel about Alexander the Great by Steven Pressfield, Alexander recognizes his daimon. He knows that his daimon is really him, also named Alexander. “He is not me,” I [Alexander] have said, “but a creature to whom I am bound. It is as if this thing called ‘Alexander’ has been twinned with me at birth, fully formed, and that I only now discover it, aspect by aspect, as I grow. This ‘Alexander’ is greater than I. Crueler than I. He knows rages I cannot fathom and dreams beyond what my heart can compass. He is cold and canny, brilliant and ruthless and without fear. He is inhuman. A monster indeed, not as Achilles was, or Agamemnon, both of whom were blind to their own monstrousness. No, this ‘Alexander’ knows what he … Continue reading

Power of Tenacity

When I was a kid, I lived in the high desert of California. We lived down a dirt road, and we had no fence around the six acres we lived on, nor any of the surrounding neighbors. Animals could walk freely along our property. One day, I was standing in the kitchen and right outside our window were two coyotes fighting. The look in their eyes was ferocious. Angry. Aggressive. Ugly. Dangerous. Vibrant. As they were rolling around right outside the window, biting and clawing each other, they weren’t trying to persevere. Perseverance is just a nice, gentle and fancy word. “Keep on keeping on”, they say. But this soft language hides the harsh reality of what those words truly mean. In reality, this perseverance is ugly, angry, and aggressive. True perseverance, real tenacity, is obsessed with survival in order to make it through the hardest times. Those coyotes were living a much harsher reality then we are willing to recognize. In order to live, they needed something much nastier and uglier than our pretty word “perseverance”. After they finished their fight, I heard them howling wounded for several hours, out of sight. On a normal day, I was allowed to roam the desert without question. On this day, I was told not to go outside. Why? A wounded animal is much more dangerous than a healthy one. An animal that has just been on the edge of death is the most dangerous. Why? He has most tenacity after such … Continue reading

The Art of Surrender

What do you fear? What holds you back? What do you want? Why aren’t you better? Why aren’t you stronger? Why aren’t you smarter? There is so much more you are capable of, yet you linger here, weak and afraid. You know what you want, whether you realize it or not. There is a passion inside of you for something greater. What do you fear? The world is before you, and yet here you remain. Is it failure you fear? Loneliness? Change? The unknown? Rejection? Pain? What holds you back? What are you holding on to? What is your excuse? You can never move forward if you hold onto what you are now. You can never step into the future if you linger in the past. Why is a wounded animal the most dangerous? Why is a hungry lion the one to fear? Because they are weak. Their weakness makes them fierce, it grants them a hunger for survival. Their comfort has been stripped from them, and they must fight to reattain it. Why did the Persians fear the Spartans after the battle of Thermopylae? Because the Spartans surrendered their right to life and victory in order to destroy as many as possible. They did not fight to win, they simply fought. They surrendered everything that held them back from ferosity, even victory, in order fight. They fought until their weapons failed them and they were left with their teeth and nails as weapons. What holds you back? What satisfies … Continue reading

Inspiration Series Part 6: Firewall

Learning to be yourself is a subject I touch on quite often. It’s a challenge, because it is so easy to do what is expected and normal. But doing so leads to a dull life. However, discussing why we aren’t ourselves and why we should be isn’t the point of this post. I have discovered a song that describes the idea and act of being unique itself. It is from a song called Firewall, by Les Friction.   In particular, it is the second verse that inspires me, here are the lyrics: This force is in love with you It wants you safe It wants you well This force knows what you can do And what you can make With your tattered shell Faith in your device So quiet and precise Just when, not how You can feel it now Deep beneath the light A spark will now ignite And you will see me now This is our world now Although I don’t care to analyze the entire song and it’s original meaning, I will analyze this section. First of, the words “this force” and “it”, I interpret as meaning the real you. Deep within the shell we all think is us. It is your potential. Who you could be… and yet who you really are. So when the song says “this force is in love with you/it wants you safe/it wants you well”, I hear it meaning that You (capitalized You will stand for the inner you, normal you stands for… … Continue reading

How To Have a Great New Year

I have a big problem with doing what most people do, and most people reference the fact that it’s a new year and we should do something with this new period in our lives… yeah, whatever. Me being me, I saw January 1st 2013 just the same as any other day, such as December 31st 2012 before it. However, I did finally cave. I am writing a post about the New Year. Just like everybody else… I didn’t make a New Year’s Resolution. Everybody does that. Most of them fail, too. My goal for the year 2013 is the same as it was for 2012. The same goal today as it was yesterday, and will be tomorrow. To become a better person, to improve myself and the world. My plan is to reach 2014 and see how much of a better person I am, my plan is also to reach February and see how much of a better person I am. The ways I can do this are simple. Bring in money, strengthen friendships, start a Bible study, train harder, gather clients for training, become a better servant, better time management, more dedicated self education, etc. These are all based off my goals for myself, some reaching decades into the future. In order for me to have a great New Year, I will take things step by step, day by day, and try to always improve a little bit over last time. The same way I do with the barbell. … Continue reading

Break the Addiction: Surviving

We are highly focused on surviving. Google the term “how to survive” and there will be hundreds of millions of results. I did it and received 337 million. Evidently, it is a very big topic. A very common mindset. The problem with that mindset is it never ends. At what point to you stop trying to survive, and actually enjoy your life? Let’s take a look at the average American consumer. He works a 9-5 job, makes payments on his house (or apartment) and car. He may or may not be still trying to pay off student loans from college. He wakes up each morning not wanting to go to work. He stumbles out of bed, needs coffee to finish waking him up, and begins the dreadful drive to work. Why does he do all this? To survive. After all, he “needed” the job to pay off the debt on the car and house he “needed”. He “needs” to go to a normal job to make a steady pay check. He also “needed” to go to college so he could get an education that could provide him that steady paycheck. Eventually, this somebody will pay off his debt, move up enough in life, and be “free” to enjoy his life and retire. Right? The problem is, everyone is doing that. Everyone is following the rules. That means there is competition. Competition from thousands of other zombies who are just trying to survive. Go to work, do what you’re told, follow … Continue reading

Inspiration Series Part 3: Eminem’s “Not Afraid”

  I keep a lookout for information, wisdom and inspiration all the time. If I hear a useful tidbit or piece of advice I remember, regardless of who it’s from. If I draw inspiration from a music video outside the realm of my normal music, I don’t turn that away either. A particular music video did just this, and that is Eminem’s “Not Afraid” video: Note, video contains language that some may not approve of. Be warned. I will attempt to briefly explain one particular way I see the symbolism in this video, the reason it is so inspiring to me. Hopefully it will be for you too. The video starts with Eminem standing on the edge of a building in the middle of a city. And obviously, that looks dangerous. Looking at where he is now, we assume he is in danger and possible even suicidal. No sane person would stand on an edge like that, they could get hurt. It’s risky. There’s no security. It appears foolish. But this isn’t the whole story. We next see him in a small, dirty room. Alone… but safe and secure, right? He can’t fall from here. But he obviously doesn’t seem happy. I see this as the safe “box” we are taught to live in. (I’ll be showing the events in chronological order now, the video organizes it a bit different for dramatic effect). Eminem stays in this room, angry until he throws a chair at the wall and notices it … Continue reading

Take a chance. Be a Man. Be a Spartan.

When I woke up this morning I read this post from Art of Manliness, and when I sat down to work on this site, I was inspired write about it. That post also further inspired me to continue what I began by purchasing this domain and hosting with my measly funds. Take chances, take risks. In that post, Want to feel like a man? Then act like one, it is said that in order to be the man you want to be, you must be (act like) the man you want to be. I want to be a courageous man willing to take chances for potential benefit. And out of my many inspirations, the Spartans of course should be mentioned here. After all, they are the inspiration for naming this blog. The Spartans were willing to sacrifice safety and comfort to become elite fighters. They took a chance every day in training. It is even said of the Spartans that to them, war was a break from training. So then, if I want to be the man I want to  be, if I want to continue this effort of Spartan Living, it makes sense I should act it out. That’s why I spent about half of the money I had saved in this small savings account on web domains, hosting, and ebooks. That’s why I’m not working at some fast food restaurant where I’ll be miserable and surrounded by food I don’t want to touch. Heck, that’s why I take … Continue reading