A Viking-Poet Exploit
Exploits call forth the best in the Viking-Poet, inviting a chance to see hidden abilities and dormant gifts. Exploits are the Viking's bread and butter. Both meaning and art are rich when the Viking undertakes an adventure. A crucial source of personal identity and self-esteem, exploits provide the means for acting on healthy instincts. They are actions where he makes his own rules and acts under no overseers other than God, or Odin in this case. The freedom of how to execute an exploit feeds the creative need of the ‘beautiful blonde beast;' it is his vehicle to express that which he considers play.
What is an exploit? It is an act or a deed, especially a brilliant or heroic one, from the Old French word esploit. In Latin it is explicitum, neutral past participle of explicare, which means to unfold. The verb of explicare isexplicate: to make clear the meaning of; explain.
So an exploit is an action whereby something unfolds that also explains something about the character or the nature of the deed and person. Regardless, at the end of every exploit is something gained and explained.
No matter how you slice it, an exploit is always a chance to improve your situation and to fortify yourself. It's a blue-chip positive. Without the playful flourish, the child within the man becomes dormant; without the lightness of spirit, actions are perpetrated with lead shoes. The spirit of poetry is demoted to hibernation, or dormancy in the mechanics of cold execution. Without the exploit outlet the man soon becomes sick in spirit and unable to smile. It is in the art of perpetrating an exploit that the Viking can realize his full potential.
A Viking-Poet needs his open spaces, his sounds of nature and his visual textures to feel a sense of belonging in nature's bosom. He continually feels the urge to ride, to sail, to go on an exploit, to make the most out of his short time. This is what makes him restless: the diminishing availability of his remaining elixir of life. Lost time is the crime.
q For the Viking-philosopher, an exploit is like candy: it's a piece of knowledge to be unwrapped upon perpetration.
q For a Nietzschean Viking, another exploit inches him closer to the much-coveted notion of objectivity.
q For the Religious Viking, it is an opportunity to toy with fate as well as come into contact with God.
q For the Viking Scientist, it is an opportunity to test hypotheses and witness the laws of nature in play.
q For the Loner Viking, an exploit is a time of reflection-and-mulling while laughing-and-doing in a peaceful silence.
q For the Carpe Diem Viking, the given adventure is always an once-in-a-lifetime occurrence special for its uniqueness.
q For the Bored Viking, it is the ideal slot of experiential time to explore new colors and regain the magic of novelty.
q For the Old Viking, an exploit is a time to recover lost youth through the timeless thrill of challenging adventure.
q For the Artist Viking, it's a bouquet of multi-colored images in symmetry, mise-en-scene and the angle of light.
q For the Adventurous Viking, it is an opportunity to push the envelope, cover new ground and graduate to the next level.
q For the Morose Viking, an exploit is a time to try to get at the root of his sadness while pumped up about the playfulness of the adventure.
q And for the Student Viking, it's when he can procrastinate and still better himself in mind and body, and forget about his exams.
q For a Bookworm Viking, an exploit is an occasion to come closer to the cleavage between real life and the created worlds of the imagination.
q For the Dreamer Viking, wasn't an exploit a time to live out his dreams and build on new dreams from the new stimuli?
q For the Viking Motorcyclist, an exploit is a time to savour the mobile equilibrium and milk the art of balanced motion and technique.
q For the Viking Mathematician, his exploit becomes a matrix of numerology and measurable in the language of math.
q For the Young Viking, it's an exciting opportunity to learn a new skill and develop the know-how and equipment to undertake subsequent adventures.
q For the Sleepy Viking, the exploit is a chance to sleep in new lays of the land and to experience vibrations of a new geomancy.
Every exploit needs a primary objective that serves to satisfy one of man's natural instincts. When perpetrating the steps toward the completion of your primary objective, it should be executed with the utmost incorporation of your own style that can be interpreted as poetic motion.
Once completed, each exploit should yield wisdom, a moral or unit of enlightenment that you can apply to the rest of your days. As an absolute master you should tackle exploits that yield insights that you can use to paint your canvas. Live life as a work of art, with strong strokes of the brush.
Exploits purify the will. And philosophy is experience and thought, not passive study and not enough leg work.
Also, the best strategy for the Viking-Poet to use in choosing an exploit is that it has plenty of oxygen for him the breathe. Oxygen is that which feeds the Viking-Poet's anima. That is, his source of animation; his energy. Motorcycling and mountain biking are the best forms of two-wheeled transportation for a maximum oxygen quotient. But one must have a good machine.
 This is a classic term from Friedrich Nietzsche, chosen for its polemic.