It has always been my desire to become a wise man, ever since I was a child.
As I have grown however, it’s become obvious to me that wisdom is not enough by itself – strength is also necessary. Both exist only in action.
In days past – it seemed unnecessary I compete. I did not pick fights with others, thus others did not pick fights with me. Despite a natural love of competition, even skill for it – dominance or accomplishment were rarely required for my happiness.
I sought to free myself from attachments. Friends, cities, women – I have known many and all have been temporary. I saw attachments as the causes of conflict and suffering – and by contradiction the sources of purpose. There is at least one value to which I am attached, that is integral to my being: sustainability.
It is not just for myself that I must now become strong – but for my family, for my country, for my planet. I have been selfish and lazy – behavior that cannot endure.
Strength has become my new focus. Having endeavored already to sufficiently understand the world with much success – mastering my Self ought to be no more difficult. Time is running out. Today my training begins.