As men, we benefit from the power of strong beliefs and simple, solid principles. They give us confidence, decisiveness, assertiveness, and strength.
We say, “That’s what I’m going to do,” and women will follow. We say, “That’s how it is,” and others will listen. Most people don’t want to think for themselves. They say they do and want to think they do, but they don’t. Rather, they want freedom from the burden of revising their ideas and freedom from the hassle of making decisions. He who says, “I know the way. Follow me!” will always be followed.
Thinking breeds anxiety. Doing beats anxiety and gives confidence. To take action without hesitation, without pausing to think, we must have firm beliefs and unshakable principles, we must be fundamentalists. We see this in religious fundamentalists, too. Without strong, simple convictions, who would have the courage to bomb himself into the heavens?
On the other extreme, we see radically open-minded intellectuals who are too timid to take any bold step toward pride and honor in the real world.
What’s the solution? Fundamentalist simplicity, which invites stupidity and underthinking, or open-minded complexity, which invites anxiety and overthinking? Neither.
The answer is moderation, that is,
- to have a few fundamental convictions with an open mind on top, which refines and solidifies those beliefs, and
- to know that even the most basic principles may only be marks of certain life phases in certain environments and subject to personal evolution.
Why moderation? Because most people’s True Will is not flat and static. If a man’s True Will is multidimensional and dynamic, it needs rich beliefs and dynamic principles. Yet to be powerful, it also requires a simple, solid fundament.
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As Odin once spoke to me in my sleep, “An open mind hardens you on the inside and weakens you on the outside; then inside becomes outside.”