Zeno of Citium
Zeno was the founder of the Stoic school of philosophy, which he taught in Athens from about 300 BC. Based on the moral ideas of the Cynics, Stoicism laid great emphasis on goodness and peace of mind gained from living a life of Virtue in accordance with Nature.
According to its teachings, as social beings, the path to happiness for
humans is found in accepting the moment as it presents itself, by not
allowing oneself to be controlled by whim, the desire for pleasure, or fear
of pain, by using one’s mind to understand the world and to do one’s part
in nature’s plan, and by working together and treating others fairly and
Stoicism would have influenced the Roman Soldier.
Emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-180 AD) shows his clemency towards the
vanquished after his success against Germanic tribes. Marcus Aurelius wrote
a book titled Meditations and today it is available as an
Tomoe (c. 1157 - 1247) was especially beautiful, with white skin, long hair, and charming features. She was also a remarkably strong archer, and as a swordswoman she was a warrior worth a thousand, ready to confront a demon or a god, mounted or on foot. She handled unbroken horses with superb skill; she rode unscathed down perilous descents. Whenever a battle was imminent, Yoshinaka sent her out as his first captain, equipped with strong armor, an oversized sword, and a mighty bow; and she performed more deeds of valor than any of his other warriors.
Where a Hunter had to be a hunter or perish, becoming a soldier was almost
optional. A soldier needed training, skill and wisdom to survive into
retirement. A soldier, also needed a tribe as not to live in isolation.
It is in the wisdom of warriors returning from hell of war, that we find
hard earned inspiration and strength; because there isn't a soldier that
does not ask "Why am I in hell?".
One of the most important lessons to take away from this, is that a soldier
is saved inside out, not outside in.
A truly brave man is ever serene; he is never taken by surprise; nothing
ruffles the equanimity of his spirit. In the heat of battle he remains
cool; in the midst of catastrophes he keeps level his mind. Earthquakes do
not shake him, he laughs at storms. We admire him as truly great, who, in
the menacing presence of danger or death, retains his self-possession; who,
for instance, can compose a poem under impending peril or hum a strain in
the face of death. Such indulgence betraying no tremor in the writing or in
the voice, is taken as an infallible index of a large nature - of what we
call a capacious mind, which, far from being pressed or crowded, has always
room for something more.
Eight virtues of Bushido
Be acutely honest throughout your dealings with all people. Believe in
justice, not from other people, but from yourself. To the true warrior, all
points of view are deeply considered regarding honesty, justice and
integrity. Warriors make a full commitment to their decisions.
Hiding like a turtle in a shell is not living at all. A true warrior must
have heroic courage. It is absolutely risky. It is living life completely,
fully and wonderfully. Heroic courage is not blind. It is intelligent and
Through intense training and hard work the true warrior becomes quick and
strong. They are not as most people. They develop a power that must be used
for good. They have compassion. They help their fellow men at every
opportunity. If an opportunity does not arise, they go out of their way to
True warriors have no reason to be cruel. They do not need to prove their
strength. Warriors are not only respected for their strength in battle, but
also by their dealings with others. The true strength of a warrior becomes
apparent during difficult times.
When warriors say that they will perform an action, it is as good as done.
Nothing will stop them from completing what they say they will do. They do
not have to ‘give their word’. They do not have to ‘promise’. Speaking and
doing are the same action.
Warriors have only one judge of honor and character, and this is
themselves. Decisions they make and how these decisions are carried out are
a reflection of whom they truly are. You cannot hide from yourself.
Duty and Loyalty
Warriors are responsible for everything that they have done and everything
that they have said, and all of the consequences that follow. They are
immensely loyal to all of those in their care. To everyone that they are
responsible for, they remain fiercely true.
Warriors feel more than others. This calmness of behavior and composure of
mind is rooted in the choice of endurance without a groan, wisdom over
ignorance, understanding over confrontation, love over anger, and
unbreakability in the face of suffering and loneliness.
I understand restoring law and peace requires armed conflict when there is
nothing else that can be done to help families feel safe.
I don't understand why bloody battles are necessary, why they cannot be
prevented years before it is too late.
The greater battle is in crafting the strategy of deescalation, years,
The Greatest of Heroes, conspire to prevent conflict, and foster growth; by
means of the Great Art of Fine Disregard for Rule.
Prevention, not War
To help a family, you build a library, a school, a free university, you
open borders, and give them aid.
You don't wait until it is too late, and call in the soldiers. War is Evil,
War is Hell.
I think we can learn a great deal from Bryan Stevenson's words Our
humanity depends on everyone's humanity.
We are one family, one people, there is no "them". It is just you, and me.
All cultures must leave bad ideas behind, and converge on wisdom.
I think there was a hope that hard earned ideas won in hell of war would
spread to no end in time. That, Knightly Virtues, Chivalry, Bushido,
Stoicism, would grab a hold of Humanity and never let go, would never stop
making us better and wiser. But even a meme has limitations, the gaps
in schooling will end propagation of the most viral lessons, and poverty
Poverty, Never Changes.
Police in Chicago are calling for tougher sentencing, the gangs are saying
"I have kids, I need to put food on the table".
And one of the lessons we learn from this text is that "A human being is
more than the worst thing they have ever done."
There is a class of soldier that is a product of their environment. Some
are an emergent property of poverty. Maximization of survival, leads to the
emergence of a self taught soldier.
My friends, my heroes. The situation is only hopeless when we stand on the
very bottom. When we rise, when we rise onto the shoulders of giants,
The Hopelessness of Poverty becomes transformed into a Hope. It becomes yet
another mission, a new challenge. It becomes a source of wisdom, a source
of Great Power.
Humanity. Dignity. Knowledge. Wisdom. Foresight. Convergence. Peace.
We Need You
The Timeless & Unbreakable Family of Great Beings needs you.
Hopes for you.
And the future generations, will need your shoulders to stand on.
Rise to the challenge, become part of the thousands of years of hope, hope
for Peace, World Peace.
Confident, and Unafraid.
- 1. Zeno (en.wikipedia.org)
- 2. Meditations (en.wikipedia.org)
- 3. Audiobook (www.audible.com)
- 4. Tomoe (en.wikipedia.org)
- 5. What Being a Warrior Really Means (www.youtube.com)
- 6. Nitobe Inazō (en.wikipedia.org)
- 7. Stanislav Petrov, who averted possible nuclear war (www.youtube.com)
- 8. Stanislav Petrov Movie (www.youtube.com)
- 9. The Man Who Saved The World (www.youtube.com)
- 10. Mad World Mountain Dew (www.youtube.com)
- 11. meme (en.wikipedia.org)
- 12. My path out of poverty by Lashon Amado (www.youtube.com)
- 13. Homie Industries (www.youtube.com)
- 14. Kennedy Peace Speech (www.youtube.com)