Fear and desire hold the power to disrupt one’s rhythm. While fear stills one’s step, desire clouds one’s vision.
I know many men that have served during or after the Soviet Union. My great-grandfather fought on the Eastern front during the full 4 years of the 2nd world war and rose through the ranks to then conquer Berlin. He returned home and set up a small village for his family before dying to consequences of a head wound. My granddad served in the navy cleaning the Baltic sea of Nazi leftover mines, a close friends’ father who fought in the Afghan war, another friend who volunteered in Donbass, another that attended classes while his school was being bombed in Donetsk, family members currently in specops, the list goes on.
What connects these men is not communism or loyalty to a government that many in the world today see as evil. They did not fight for the CCCP (USSR) or the current govt. to strengthen it as a world power or some other desire to dominate. No, it was a loving spirit for things these men hold dear.
The greatest attribute to the Rus’ spirit at war is a love for their families and motherland – not government – the willingness to sacrifice, suffer and battle until their last breath in order to protect what is sacred to them. It is not fearlessness, never let any man bullshit you into believing that they do not fear death in battle. Everyone does. The love for something greater than themselves quells that fear by magnitudes and is a great driver for heroic deeds.
I personally believe this spirit has been the biggest factor in victories all wars ever fought by Slavs. Afghan & Chechen were different, subordination to a government with dirty plans. But the wars fought on the defensive, were always met with great rigor and seemingly inextinguishable, righteous fury, and to my knowledge, never lost.
This is one lesson I have tried to carry with me and fits my personal philosophy in pursuing the absence of fear and desire. As stated in one profound sentence at the beginning of this post, it is a state, if you may, I am constantly in pursuit of.
You can ponder upon it endlessly, but to the best of my ability I see it as follows:
When you have no, or minimal fears, you free up focus, energy and resourcefulness to tackle meaningful duties, and when you minimize your desires, it allows you to cut down distractions that keep you from, again, focusing on the meaningful.
I came up with this sentence around the age of 17, way before I knew who Musashi was, or any other awareness of philosophical writings that lead to or stem from this type of idea and believe that deep down every man becomes aware of this at some point. The hard part is to be mindful of this and I constantly remind myself of this. Hopefully this has served you today as a healthy reminder. And if one of you remember or think of this in a month or two, I will have accomplished what I wanted today.
“Fear and desire hold the power to disrupt your rhythm. While fear stills your step, desire clouds your vision.”
Good day, comrades.
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