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Section Seven 


The Time Factor


Time is not recyclable.

The first warning to members is: always beware of time-stealers. Time can be defined as a period during which something (as an action, process or condition) exists or continues: an interval comprising a limited and continuous action, condition, or state of being; measured or measurable duration. So you could say a time-stealer is something that takes away potential action that harvests flourishment. But more precisely, since an exploit is a creative endeavor, time is a unit of duration as a basis of poetic meter.

In the words of Henri Bergson: ‘...life is a matter of time rather than of space, it is not position, it is change; it is not quantity so much as quality; it is not a mere redistribution of matter and motion, it is fluid and persistent creation.'[1]

In the context of Western thought, there is a massive oversight many academics have in factoring in the centrality of time in their philosophical arguments. The relationship of rules with regard to time, whether finite or infinite, is seldom addressed, Henri Bergson being the exception.

As far as one can see it within the canon of Western philosophical thought, it was Immanuel Kant's fault. His a priori intuition of time and space has been overlooked ‘as a given,' which has caused scholars to construct their theories on a foundation that does not move, that is, has virtually no consideration for the finite nature of time in every individual's life. This is particularly revealing when seen in terms of making a rational choice of action for a young child, an old man or man in his prime but afflicted somehow and crippled in some way from the gravity of time, such as having a fatal disease. Every thinking person recognizes they don't exist in a vacuum of time immune from the demands of life.

Truth is a function of time.

[1] Henri Bergson, Creative Evolution

Section Eight 

The Viking-Poet Philosopher


As a philosopher, who has both life experience and strength of conviction, the Viking-Poet philosopher has an inclination to buck authority, particularly with people who impose their authority in such a way that disrupts ones flow of equilibrium. The man of originality marches to the sound of his own trumpet, not only because he wants to but because if he doesn't he would be a phony, and a phony is the antithesis of who a philosopher is. A philosopher can't even fake being phony.

And this is the reason why the philosopher will always fail under the yoke of another. It will always end in failure. He needs to be the king of his own domain and resist any force infringing his time-and-space kingdom.

In certain situations arising from social convention, Viking-Poet philosophers occasionally find themselves forced into corners that create confrontations usually resulting in refusal to submit, questioning, misunderstanding and ultimately bad blood. The character of the philosopher is too penetrating to be assaulted by custom or convention.

Nietzsche believed that man lives only one life - the only life he has - and that when he dies he doesn't go to heaven or hell, but lives his already-lived life over and over for eternity. But what's brilliant about his theory of Eternal Recurrence is that because you live your life again forever, the importance of what you choose to do in this life has much more significance than if you believe in an afterlife where you can live again. This is why Nietzsche wrote ‘God is dead' in the first chapter of Thus Spake Zarathustra. He profoundly disagreed that man should forego this once chance at life for an improvable yet glorious afterlife.

We will relive this moment now forever. It's good time-utility. Time commands respect for what it can give you and do for you. To treat time profitably is to enhance its value. Derive gain through the beneficial application of time and you have spent well.

All Viking-Poet philosophers believe David Hume's words to be true when he said: ‘It is confessed, that the utmost of human reason is, to reduce the principles, productive of natural phenomena, to a greater simplicity, and to resolve the many particular effects into a few general causes, by means of reasoning from analogy, experience, and observation.'[1] That is the Viking-Poet philosopher's work. That is how they see the world. And to do this work one must live in the now. Human lives come and go but the first principles of life's conundrums remain.

Also, when discussing the undertaking of an exploit, there's an opportunity cost and all that. Better for the canvas. And better for ones objectivity because objectivity is derived from a multiplication of subjective experiences. The more varied experience that is accumulated, the better one can be objective. The more objective, the better time utility.

Also, finding ones range of balance is Aristotle's Golden Mean. One must find an optimum balance between too much and too little. To quote Aristotle, ‘Thus a master of any art avoids excess and defect, but seeks the intermediate and chooses this - the intermediate in the object but relatively to us.'[2]

But this brings up the idea of balance versus extremism. Finding ones equilibrium takes time. Seat height should be adjusted to maximize energy output by the rider's legs when mountainbiking for example. In theory it seems plain but actually finding ones geometrical equilibrium in practice takes patience at first to generate is quality yield. Ones coordination of hand and toe diminishes when ones seat is out of kilter.

Every individual has his own speed and direction. A higher speed does not necessarily mean better quality since each rider has their own comfort level. It is at ones natural speed when one may have synergy of parts, which of course would have the highest quality. Since each individual is unique, each rider must find their preferred way and flow. Some are taller than others. Just as some are more equal than others.


[1] David Hume, An Inquiry Into Human Understanding.

[2] Aristotle, Ethics

Table of Contents
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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