There is one threat that is paramount above all others. Greater than any terrorist group, street fighter, or gang of thugs. More efficient than a 1911 pistol and more devastating than an atomic bomb. It injures and kills more people per year than all the weapons and acts of violence from around the world combined. Worst of all, this threat is more subtle and insidious than a deadly virus and will ravage you three times as quickly. This threat is lack of awareness.
Awareness? Yes. Lack of awareness kills more people than any other cause or causes combined. Many people could have prevented violence, prepared for it, or combated it had they only been more aware. More people could stave off financial ruin if they were simply more aware of their financial state. More people could overcome addictions and vices if they were simply aware of them in the first place.
No problem is treatable or curable without first being aware of that problem. No market need can be fulfilled if no one is aware of the need. No issue can be resolved without you first being aware of it.
"He who masters others is mighty, he who masters himself is mightier still." - Lao Tzu
The ancient philosopher Lao Tzu spoke true words. To master oneself, you must be aware of yourself. In our age of technology, consumerism, and insane go-go mentality, it is easy to forget to study yourself and to become more aware of yourself. Why do you do what you do? Why do you choose to associate with the people you choose to associate with? Why do you work at place you choose to work? Those are deep questions man, some of you might say. Yes. Yes they are. A warrior strives to know the why's behind his/her life because the why's are what will compel you forward when things get tough; and all warriors know that times will get tough. That's a pretty negative outlook, some will say. Okay: I'm positive, things are going to get tough. It is a fact. Lack of awareness makes those tough times even tougher. It needn't be so.
In order to master yourself, you must be aware of yourself. If you are aware of yourself you will also then consider how what you do affects other people (in turn, making you more aware of others). It is not possible to be 100% aware of everything, but the warrior seeks to be as aware as possible. Ignorance is not bliss. At best, ignorance makes one look foolish. At worst, ignorance gets you or other people killed.
Warriors do not settle for lack of awareness. They push themselves to become more aware of everything in their world. If you fail to do this, lack of awareness will cause you misery and grief. Many people realize that things are not going their way but they never stop to become aware of why that is or how they can change the situation. Do not settle for lack of awareness. Become aware. Start paying attention to the why's of your life. Start thinking about how and why you do what you do in regards to others and yourself.
To combat violence, be aware of your surroundings in a 360 degree fashion. Take in everyone's emotions, body language, smells, sights, sounds, and textures. Start to feel again. Wake yourself up from the technological trance and begin to feel yourself and the world again.
Do not let the number one threat, lack of awareness, be the reason why you failed. Become aware of your problems and what you must do to overcome them and then march proudly forward to do battle.
Aware in the battleground,
The Warrior Speaker Blog is a collection of warrior lessons Alexander has learned in addition to practical information about protecting yourself and all that you deem most personal.