There is a meme going around toward the idea that we should not be silent about our feelings and reactions to Racefail 2009 and our lessons learned.
How do I put this?
I am no stranger to the idea that speaking out and getting as many opinions as possible is a good thing. When done [...]
Unlike the other portions of these writings, I will not list 8 aspects of this one to keep in mind while you do your warrior’s thing. Because this one is directly number 8, I will leave the fine points here to your imagination.
Mercy maps to marsh, which is in a way a compromise between [...]
I map Justice to the trigram for Mountain. I think that justice builds the foundations of the mountain of your commitment. It helps you be fair, merciful, honorable, wise. It helps you demonstrate that your opponents/allies should take you seriously because they know that if you are just, you will be just with all of [...]
We’re heaving into the final stretch here. I hope you’ve gotten as much out of this exercise as I have!
It needs to be said: Honor is very tricky. Everyone knows that it’s operative in the best warriors. Lack of honor sticks out like a sore thumb! But the problem is that honorableness requires humility. [...]
As both an activist and a warrior, you cannot afford to work only on instinct. There must be a method and a direction. You should keep in mind prinicples of compassion and honor as well as try to keep your long term strategy and medium term tactics in mind. The more competent and long-lived warriors [...]
Work intervened and has been hard, but I hope for some stability, or at least, as Taoism would have it, moving stability. Some way of knowing my center even though my stance must be flowing.
I think that despite practical worries about job permanency, I am much improved for being older, and I hope, wiser.
Do you know joy? Do you have joy in your work as a warrior? Can you identify and react appropriately to instances of joy during the very moments you are working your hardest to fight? Can you share in your opponent’s joys? All of these skills are vitally important. As you have other duties and [...]
There are a lot of responsibilities to truth, being truthful, holding your opponents accountable to truth that a warrior has.
I’ll list them as duties, and explain, as I did in the Endurance post before.
But first, tie truth to the 3rd trigram, penetrating thunder.
If you haven’t the strength for the discipline or responsibility of warriorship, you shouldn’t be fighting.
Otherwise known as, “If you can’t take the heat…”
This one, the second principle, gets tied to Earth in the I Ching, which stands in part for infinite resources and capacity, and some interpret it also as a symbol [...]
Just to frame the discussion a bit more, let me tell you more about my aims and my plans.
I plan to write at least 8 total essays/posts about this topic of being a warrior/activist, and about the ethical framework I find useful as a guiding principle when I fight for social change.