has to die.
As well the minds which are
prevented from changing their opinions;
they cease to be mind."
Choose instead the
courage to face the trials and tribulations of an adventurous road,
a road full of danger and risk.
The bridge is too narrow for narrow-mindedness.
It's too shadowy for
those who have not reconciled their own shadows. It's too full of
dark nights for anyone who hasn't experienced a
Dark Night of the Soul. It's too
painfully real for those who have not overcome
the Matrix and embraced the
Desert of the Real.
If your intent is not self-actualization and self-overcoming, then simply get out of the way. Don't block those with a full heart just because your heart is empty.
Join the ranks of healthy progressive evolution.
Taking the leap of courage
"Every valuable human being
must be a radical and a rebel,
for what he must aim at
is to make things better than they are."
Taking a leap of courage is daring yourself to escape these feelings.
It's encouraging yourself
to step outside your comfort zone. It's having the audacity to think
rather than believe, to take things into consideration rather than
rely on conviction. It's inspiring yourself to be heroic despite
There is everything in there to help you heal, it's a great place to lick your wounds, but there's nothing there to help you grow. Healthy growth, the kind of growth that builds resilience and robustness, can only be achieved outside the comfort zone...
There's got to be risk.
Like Nietzsche said,
Inside the comfort zone there's placation, pacification and pity.
There's everything that
keeps us appeased and satisfied. There's God with his shiny
promises and glossy platitudes keeping us pampered and coddled and
giving us that warm fuzzy feeling. But there's no growth. There's no
questions. There's no humor. There's no furthering of evolution.
A vast and vital garden
filled with the compost of every man-made God to ever have
existed, rotting like deified fertilizer for the future
fertilization of ever-improved and ever-updated Gods.
Building the bridge is building adventure. It's building something to grow into. It's rebuilding God. It's building a path into godhood and creative evolution.
Indeed, we stand upon the
corpse of God in order to self-actualize our place as Gods in
for God is always needing to be reborn."
The bridge is a path, but it's also a crossroads - a snarling juxtaposition. It's built out of the outdated bones of God toward the updated end of creative evolution. It's fixed into place with existential glue.
It's sturdier than any bridge ever created, but it's surrounded by an angry abyss, and it's never completed.
Rumis, we're incapable of seeing that the door to our prison is wide
open. And always has been...
Solid ground upon which to keep moving, ever-forward, ever-overcoming, ever-evolving. It takes the Newtonian notion of "standing on the shoulders of giants" to the next level. It's Meta-perceptual.
We stand on the bones
of God in order to see further than God did. In order to
perpetually propel human imagination and ingenuity. In order to grow
and keep growing, despite creature comforts, herd instincts, and
We all carry the bones of God. Self-overcoming is taking the reins of our life into our own hands, and proactively going about improving upon who we were yesterday.
It's a personalized
(self-improvement) striving toward
Phi (enlightenment), where our own
development is predicated upon an individualized progressive
evolution that will ultimately contribute to the evolution of the
"If you meet The Buddha on the road,
As Zen master Shunryu Suzuki wrote in Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind,
Similarly, we should kill our notion of self-mastery in order to continue improving our mastery.
Think of it as a kind of recycled mastery, where we recycle the mastery of yesterday into the remastered mastery of today. This applies to the concept of deification itself.
So as not to get stuck in a particular state of growth, it is vital that we "kill" the notion that we have "arrived." That our evolution is somehow "complete." That there is nothing further to grow into, nothing to question, nothing to overcome.
For there will always be something to grow into, to question, and to overcome. There will always be a vast infinity toward which our limited finitude must strive. Indeed.
The bridge from Man to
Overman is built ever-finitely into the infinite future.
The bridge from Man to Overman is filled with the outdated bones of dead Gods and the burnt-out husks of outdated truths.
As James Russel Lowell said,
Those who are proactively and courageously building the bridge understand that Truth is a fickle beast. Almost as fickle a beast as human fallibility.
It's for both reasons
that those who are building the bridge consistently recycle
their own mastery.
We build the bridge to provide a flexible and malleable path toward godhood. We keep building, destroying and rebuilding so that past growth adds to, without subtracting from, the healthy and progressive evolution of the species.
We stand and face the Abyss, honoring each other…