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Section Three 


 

The Viking-Poet Club

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What is the Viking-Poet Club? It's a club for those brave souls who choose to live their lives like a work of art through extraordinary exploits, which reveal the secrets of life's mysteries and answers to life's timeless questions and the true nature of their character.

All prospective members to the Viking-Poet Club are told: all individuals are given the same opportunity to live a life that is extraordinary.

Membership to the Viking Club is paid for with passion, creativity, dedication and a single-mindedness to pursue all that is offered to you through chance and circumstance as well as the innovative utilization of one's time and space in their zeitgeist.

All are taught to abide by the Socratic dictum: know thyself. These two words were written over the door to Plato's Academy, which he founded after traveling the known world for fourteen years after his teacher Socrates had been convicted of sedition and thus drank hemlock to end his life. Socrates' primary task was to determine how an individual could live a life that was good, the Greek word being eudemonia.

All full men who possess the equipment necessary to live a Viking-Poet's life are above their given epoch and instead stand outside their history so that convention and morality indigenous to your epoch fall outside your scope of reference. The Viking-Poet lives among the ancients. His idea of good is different from that of the 21st-Century Man.[1]

From Old Frisian, good means to unite and from Old High German means to fit together or to hold fast. It means bountiful yield, having favorable character, genuine, promotes well being, beautiful, not small or insignificant, wise, noble and worthy. This is what is good for the Viking-Poet: something that is either an end in itself or a means to such an end. It satisfies its intrinsic value by promoting individual self-realization.

Like empty time waiting to be played out. Brushstrokes come from the manifold of experience. Colors come from how you express your soul. Texture is determined by your yield of qualia and shading is an illustration of your level of fulfillment.

The second principle of the Viking-Poet Club is: to promote ones originality at all costs.

For membership to the Viking-Poet Club, it is strongly recommended to locate in a foreign country for initiation so that a new culture forces you to adapt yourself to your new environment. This begins the process of tapping into your instincts. Viking-Poet members choose books over television, art and philosophy over science and technology, and continually strive to build their knowledge about all facets of life. A member should have the inherent equipment to survive in all corners of the world without the help of others so that not one place but rather the planet itself is your home where you are comfortable in all geographies.

The top-level task of all members is to earn wisdom upon completing an exploit in which he has freedom of movement using self-sufficient means. Execution of all exploits must be done poetically.

All members should live their lives on the third principle of Viking-Poet philosophy: ‘Experience is the source of all knowledge, and knowledge is a catalyst for spiritual health and a queller of ignorance.'

Opportunity is a door waiting to be opened to life's hidden secrets and kernels of wisdom. One's degree of wisdom is the measure of all things. This means full-time adherence to justice of the soul, as defined by Plato. (From this justice of the soul springs all integrity, a hallmark of the Viking-Poet. And thus the antithesis of phoniness). Members soon become aware that truth makes them hard so they should be reminded never to lose their compassion. The ability to maintain compassion even in trying times of extreme difficulty is the one quality that distinguishes Viking adventurers as men of noble character. Members must understand the wisdom: ‘Everyone arrives into the world and leaves the world alone, everything else is a gift,' so they should regard all the special things that life offers as a gift, and as such never expect anything from anyone.

A further deduction is that all Vikings should know that their greatest moments throughout their lives can only be experienced alone. Besides, it's easier to move when unaccompanied by others. Viking-Poets tend to be solitudinarians - a person leading a solitary or secluded life. To be alone is to achieve. To be with others is to celebrate what you have achieved alone. That's why members are encouraged to always have their own mode of transportation, motorcycle or mountain bike or what have you, and are encouraged to develop fundamental skills required for cartography and its derivatives.

Half of life is just being there.

There is but one witness who sees all these extraordinary lives of adventure and poetry, and that is Odin. It is the omnipresent overseer with the long white beard who is witness to this ancient club of men who have created masterpieces over the millennia in how they had used their brief time on earth. It is Him who kept the catalog of paintings in His library in Great Mead Hall in the Sky for all eternity. It is in under the benevolent gaze of both Viking-Poet and Odin that one paints his brushstrokes just as it is Him and the Viking-Poet who judges how well one has lived while on his deathbed.

The mind is a refuge full of elastic bands, plucked by the thumb of reason to echo pleasantries in the ear.

Time is the only thing that has met our ancestors. Probably the oldest thing in the universe. Never stops moving. And the unrecognized elixir of life. And one extrapolates this elixir through the will.


[1] The 21st-Century Man is explained in Section Six.

[2] Qualia is explained in Section Ten. 

Section Four 

Harnessing Ones Will

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The biggest fundamental difference between a Viking-Poet and the 21st-Century Man is his complete mastery over will, but it's something that needs to be exercised regularly or it will wane. The defining quality of the Viking-Poet is his expert use of his will. In fact the extraordinary nature of a member's life is the direct result of mastering his will.

What is the will one might ask? It's a desire and inclination to act, but it's a bit more subtle than that. It's a settlement of mental uncertainty or indecision resulting in volition. It's the total conscious process involved in effecting a decision. The will is action directed toward a goal clearly known in advance and requiring effort to overcome obstacles or contrary desires. It is the faculty of the soul to coordinate with the intellect that determines rational choices in accordance with what the intellect has determined as good or bad.

Philosophers disagree whether it is a faculty of the soul or a faculty of the mind. But for the Viking-Poet it is a faculty of the mind that is usually coordinated with thought and feeling that determines moral actions in accordance with ideals, principles and fact. The will of the Viking is a disposition to act according to particular principles, or to conform in conduct and thought to general or ideal ends.

There was the character first, before words. The character lies in the will and not in the intellect. Nature has produced the intellect for the service of the individual's will. The old mistake of philosophers is to place the essence of mind in thought and consciousness, but Schopenhauer believed the primary guiding force is not the conscious intellect but rather the will: a striving, persistent vital force of action and imperious desire.

Nietzsche said of the will: ‘The will is the strong blind man who carries on his shoulders the lame man who can see.' It's a clever notion that touches on this idea that the will is somehow lacking in one of the senses.

The will is taking action to get to a desired goal but it's more than that. It's tied up with thoughts and feelings and moral judgment. Disposition, choice, inclination, passion, intention, determination. You could say it's a summons of purpose.

The will is the commander of all the chess pieces on the board with the power to control, determine and dispose. It's that restlessness that constantly reminds you that you have to do something, that omnipresent inclination standing just outside your door but never knocks. It's that inkling that whispers in your ear too softly that makes you feel as though you had something to do but have forgotten. It's like the unsatisfied craving for coffee in the morning knowing there's nothing holding you back from getting a cup. Or like a mild suspicion that there's a voice in your subconscious mind trying to tell you something really important.

Morality targets the heart, not the intellect. The home of the will is the heart, not the head. The Viking-Poet masters his motorcycle by imposing his will on it. The more exploits achieved increases the power of the Viking-Poet's will. It is fatigue of the intellect that disrupts the will's work. Will is the cause of all action, and force is the form of the will. Over time one can see ones destination at the end of the teleological line which the will goes forth to.

The opposite of exercising the will is ‘ennui'. It's a word Schopenhauer uses to explain the will. Ennui is a feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction, languor or emptiness of spirit. It is life when the will is dormant.

And Aristotle would concur with that. He believed that pain is life's basic stimulus and reality, and pleasure is merely a negative cessation of pain. For Aristotle it was the fundamental equation of existence. He believed the wise man seeks not pleasure but freedom from care and pain.

That's why the exploit is of such importance. It keeps everything sharpened and polished. In the words of Heraclitus: ‘The unshaken mixture decomposes.' Like a flower, the moxie of ones will blooms but soon withers from lack of purposeful volition so that the smell of bloom can never be attained again. Only those who take action while in bloom can say to have truly lived. The will is there to maximize life.

  
  

 
 
  
Table of Contents
          Forward
1.     Wisdom
2.     A Viking-Poet Exploit
3.     The Viking-Poet Club
4.     Harnessing Ones Will
5.     Instinct
6.     The 21st-Century Man
7.     The Time Factor
8.     The Viking-Poet Philosopher
9.     The Art of Motorcycling
10.  Becoming a Zeitqualia Master
11.  Using Inflected Logic
12.  Bending Grammar
13.  In Summary
         
 
 

 
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