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Section Five 


 

Instinct

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The first principle of being a Viking-Poet is: The marrow of strength is born from the healthy expression of instincts.

And while endeavoring in an exploit, members should remember the Viking-Poet Club dictum: Become who you are! And as from Nietzsche, will necessarily come Schopenhauer: symmetry is rhythm standing still. So even in inaction there is a type on inner rhythm, and symmetry of self. And this is where one gains their power that all people can sense and respect.

How does one define ‘instinct?' Instinct is a natural or inherent aptitude, tendency, impulse, or capacity. As an adjective its to instigate, to incite; impelled by an inner or animating or exciting agency; profoundly imbued instigation; to implant as animating power. Instincts are largely hereditary and unalterable. A blueprint for behavior that goes back millennia. The instinct in man is what governs our behavior during our earliest years of development. And it should continue to aid in more complex decision-making in adulthood. It's a suitcase full of inclinations that contain an entire system of built-in action. An integral part of our biology.

For example, one has an instinct for location. That's our a priori apparatus we are taught by society to repress. The screams of awakened instincts all come from the same ancient cellar of being. Choosing location? That was merely the adventure instinct: the urge to find ever better qualia.

And one might ask what is the best way to call forth an instinct? Isn't it something that a father always used to say when we were kids? The light that emanates from the magic of fires awakens the sleepy instinct. Looking at fire. That's the way to stir the cellar of instincts: stare into a campfire.

  

Section Six 

The 21st-Century Man

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And the repression of instinct is the source of all psychological problems. Man today, who is referred to in the handbook as the 21st-Century Man, epitomizes that repression of instinct. Ignores his instinct; thinks it's base[1].

          The 21st-Century Man:

q      thinks mountain bikes are for children

q      thinks anything to do with the ‘spirit' or ‘philosophy' is a form a mental instability

q      ignores all that he doesn't understand

q      hasn't read a novel since high school

q      measures his life as a countdown to cashing in his pension

q      fluent in the games people play with each other using deception and manipulation

q      always follows rules

q      believes everything he reads in the newspapers

q      completely unable to understand the ‘NOW' in time

q      lives in constant fear of the unplanned, like a typhoon or earthquake

q      avoids debates

q      distrusts those of higher education

q      has never gone through the metamorphosis of boy to man

q      does not have any opinion that differs from the general consensus

q      prefers to follow rather than lead

q      acts primarily to please others

q      regards his time as something to get through and endured rather than to be valued and enjoyed

q      measures all activities in monetary terms first

q      thinks instinct is the urge of lust

q      believes Affirmative Action is fair.

 

It is curious to find so many behind bars and locked in their jail cell by their own hand. One of humankind's most comic traits is shown by those who self-censor their own spiritual expression and development through the constant and perhaps uncontrollable repression of their true person. It is a fortress of self-censorship that imprisons countless people the world. It very well may be a more punishing form of imprisonment than physical incarceration.

In the Havamal, or what one might call the Viking Bible, it states: ‘A laughing-stock is he who nothing knows, and with the instructed sits. Of his understanding no one should be proud, but rather in conduct cautious. When the prudent and taciturn come to a dwelling, harm seldom befalls the cautious; for a firmer friend no man ever gets than great sagacity.'[2]

Yet it is more than likely that the 21st-Century Man regards Vikings as plunderers and barbarians, yet it begs the question: who is the barbarian now? A man soft and hampered by the luxuries of his age, cynical and sarcastic, a man out of touch with his healthy instincts that made his forefathers great; how wrong and weak he is! For even Vikings sought wisdom: ‘A miserable man, and ill-conditioned, sneers at everything; one thing he knows not, which he ought to know, that he is not free from faults. A foolish man is all night awake, pondering over everything; he then grows tired; and when morning comes, all is lament as before. A foolish man think all who on him smile to be his friends; he feels it not, although they speak ill of him, when he sits among the clever. A foolish man thinks all who speak him fair to be his friends; but he will find if into court he comes, that he has few advocates. A foolish man thinks he knows everything if placed in unexpected difficulty; but he knows not what to answer, if to the test he is put.'

 


[1] That is, the opposite of noble.

[2] The Havamal, The High One's Lay

 
 
  
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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