Readers asked me about the slogan freedom through strength. Does one have to be strong and muscular to be free? Have I never seen an old, skinny monk glowing with freedom?
Strength is more than the exertion of force. Strength is triune:
- Strength is physical (body strength).
- Strength is psychological (mental strength).
- Strength is volitional (willpower).
Freedom is not achieved. It is grown into and invigorated by the trinity of strength. To grow into freedom, strengthen your body, strengthen your mind, and strengthen your will!
A strong body is moving, has freedom of vitality.
– The free man strides lively through the world.
A strong body is healthy, has freedom from disease.
– The free man does not get sick.
A strong body is dominant, has freedom from oppression.
– The free man does not shy away from physical conflict.
A strong body is confident, has freedom of self-expression.
– The free man does what’s right, says what he thinks, and heads for what he fears.
A strong mind is free from desires of the ego.
– The free man proudly sees his greatness; it doesn’t blind him.
A strong mind is free from limiting beliefs.
– The free man deems nothing impossible.
A strong mind is free from narrowing influences.
– The free man knows his manipulators; he chooses them wisely.
A strong mind is free from worry and rumination.
– The free man is mindful to the present moment.
A strong mind is free from feelings of inferiority or anger.
– The free man humbly sees and learns from his weaknesses.
A strong mind is free from grief, sorrow, pessimism.
– The free man nourishes his character on strokes of fate.
A strong mind is free to adopt new points of view.
– The free man sheds obsolete ways of thinking.
A strong mind is free to think autonomously and originally.
– The free man creatively cuts his own cognitive path.
When your character is weak,
when you cannot rule and conquer yourself,
when you cannot lead and discipline yourself,
when your life is determined by instant gratification,
– how can you do what you truly want to do?
Man grows into freedom through strength when he follows his True Will.
Further Reading: Ad Libertatem Naturae: To the Freedom of Nature