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The Viking-Poet Handbook


This handbook is an attempt to define those qualities most desirable to be admitted as a member of the Viking-Poet's Club, so there are chapters set aside to outline what it is to be acceptable. It explains the moral code that best exemplifies that which is held highest to the Viking. It is the moral ideal, like Nietzsche's übermensch but more adventuresome and poetic, with the focus on the spirit and action of the man, not the needless politics. It is a document that expressed the morality best suited for his character to flourish and achieve in this world.

Distanced from academic argument,
I labored ahead and discarded all that was unneeded,
Digesting all that fit into my own web of belief.
Truth expressed herein is seen and understood,
And adopted for the betterment of self
Despite the currents of injustice and delayed fruition in our zeitgeist.  

Section One 



The Viking character symbolizes all that is healthy in man. He is in touch with his hearty instincts and is not afraid to affirm his own morality on the world he sees.

An artificial handle holds until you splash literate,
First instinct shoves the fruit of spent skepticism aside,
Liberation from the overseer reminds the soul of empowerment,
And all of life's conundrums land into an open palm.
Some understand but don't do,
Some want to do but are unable,
Some begin with an open field,
But loose balance from the middle.
Confidence comes from fullness,
Centeredness springs from balance,
Experience dictates endurable perspective,
But talent wins all wars.

This handbook distills the wisdom of life, and explores how the getting of wisdom enhances our ability to enjoy the art of living.

Opportunity and circumstance provide the template;
Situational pressures test the fat of successful employment of the Golden Mean.
The delicate application of wisdom is the Mean's actual progression that begs no fanfare because wisdom has its own indigenous humility.
Wisdom ceases to be a medal or trophy once it is attained;
Indeed it becomes a primary guiding force in life, like extra IQ.
The wise carry an extra stick to fight all that wisdom dislikes.
Having that which commands respect is something that forever removes him from the ordinary.
Those who have wisdom look for this mark of Cain in others,
And those who have yet to solidify that insight shun the wise,
For fear of exposing their foolishness,
And their unfounded notions of sure epistemology.
Wisdom, in short, is that which separates all men from each other,
And places them either at odds with or in sync with the evolution of humankind.

Wisdom is the conquering of ones innate antagonism towards the passing of time. Once insight into what is wise and what is foolish is attained, all decisions and actions adhere to the bird's eye view of time. This affects how one governs their life because they exist in a new frame of time reference. This is because time is finite: it's the most expensive thing a man can spend. It is the one thing that we cannot control and yet is passing all the time. And because it can't be controlled, it is regarded with a mild form of resentment.

Most importantly, the bigger decisions involving ones destiny march to the sound of a different drum. Employing a time-friendly frame of mind encourages the calmness of a sage; an ease of being that is based on a fear that has been overcome. All becomes attainable in the wise man's world. Each action is deliberate and done with purpose. That fear of missing out and making mistakes is quelled so a peace of mind can rule with foresight, mastering the NOW knowing that tomorrow he will still be in the NOW. The philosopher-king can finally take his throne and conduct life in adherence to what will be tomorrow and in the years to come by becoming a Zeitqualia Master.

There is art in all aspects of living, so that all Viking-Poet seekers are artists in how they do what they choose to do. Flourishment of self comes from the self-affirming enjoyment of overcoming obstacles that litter ones path.

The club motto is "Live your life like a work of art."


Section Two 

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;'[1] 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 isexplicateto 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.



[1] This is a classic term from Friedrich Nietzsche, chosen for its polemic.     


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




Loyal to Who? No One But Your True Self

Loyal to What? Your Blood. Your Instinct. Your Character.



This handbook is dedicated to Professor Albert Fell, a man who always gave the author the time to ask all the dumb questions an undergraduate should ask.


You are also asking me questions and I hear you,
I answer that I cannot answer,
You must find out for yourself.
- Walt Whitman


My stress lay on incidents in the
Development of the human soul,
Little else is worth study.
- Robert Browning


Life is short, but truth works far and lives long;
let us speak the truth.
- Arthur Schopenhauer


There are to philosophies, only philosophers.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

          The Philosopher:
An Aristocratic Animal Attaining Art
And Achieving Accelerated Aesthetics with Accent,
Assuming Analytical Assessment And Analysis
Of All Accidental Actions and Allegorical Axioms.
After All Available Axes Are Attuned and Analyzed,
Arrogant Erudite Ants Attain An Always-Ascending Affinity
To Affirm the Affiliation of Ancestry And Affected Anatomy
In An All-encompassing Astuteness to Anchor
Our Already Anarchic And Apocalyptic Answers
Against Appropriate Appraisal And Aphorisms of Adventure.
All Agreeable Apprentices Are Amphibious Amoebas
Awry in An Abstract Aquarium of Aerodynamics,
Apprehending And Attaching Apperceptional Amendments
And Amassing Additional Atoms of Arbitrary Action
Around An All-illusive Academic Apical;
Attaining Awareness into the Architecture of the Aphonic Absolute.
All Adding Adjectives to the Anatomy of our Ancient
And Active Abstract Agriculture and Anthropology
Applying Additional Anthropological Arithmetic
To Accepted Astronomy And Archaeology,
Accumulating Amalgamated Ambition And Ascension,
All Assembling At the Academy of Arts.
                                                            - The Amateur Author[1]

[1] An example of bending grammar as discussed in Section Twelve

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