Return of The True Nobles

There is an infographic making the rounds that goes like this: “Bad times make strong men. Strong men make good times. Good times make weak men. Weak men make bad times.” Anyone with an interest in history can hear the truth in that. Decadence and debauchery, when made cultural norms invariably leads to a weakening of society. This makes society then ripe for a group of “Strong Men” to take it for their own.

But who are these “Strong Men”? Who are these noble folk who conquered territory and set the roots for powerful, world stretching civilizations? How can we become like them? To get to that point I feel it’s important for us to examine the word “Noble”. Continue reading “Return of The True Nobles”

Ancient and Modern Consciousness: And Living With Them

According to the ancient Greek poet Hesiod (8th century), the gods made several races of mortal men, one after the other as each met its demise. The first and the best was a golden race, the second was made of silver, the third bronze, and the fourth and worst was made of iron.

Hesiod’s notion of what we might call a “Golden Age,” an “Iron Age,” and so on, is reminiscent of the Hindu idea of the Yugas (Ages), descending from the Satya Yuga (Age of Truth) to the Kali Yuga (Age of Darkness), the latter of which, claimed French metaphysician Rene Guenon, is the one we are living in. Continue reading “Ancient and Modern Consciousness: And Living With Them”

Becoming a Leader: A Brief Guide For Heretics

“Heretics are the new leaders,” says author and entrepreneur Seth Godin. We need to think and act against the grain, drawing a tribe around us or around our new idea, and push forward to overturn the status quo.

If Godin’s view is limited it is because, being concerned more with social and commercial movements than political or religious ones, for example, he does not take into account the very real dark side of leadership. Continue reading “Becoming a Leader: A Brief Guide For Heretics”