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.
thinks mountain bikes are for children
thinks anything to do with the ‘spirit' or ‘philosophy'
is a form a mental instability
ignores all that he doesn't understand
hasn't read a novel since high school
measures his life as a countdown to cashing in his
fluent in the games people play with each other using
deception and manipulation
always follows rules
believes everything he reads in the newspapers
completely unable to understand the ‘NOW' in
lives in constant fear of the unplanned, like a typhoon
distrusts those of higher education
has never gone through the metamorphosis of boy to man
does not have any opinion that differs from the general
prefers to follow rather than lead
acts primarily to please others
regards his time as something to get through and
endured rather than to be valued and enjoyed
measures all activities in monetary terms first
thinks instinct is the urge of lust
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.'
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.'
 That is, the
opposite of noble.
 The Havamal,
The High One's Lay.