Many Faces of the Mountain King
“Over-sentimentality, over-softness, in fact washiness and mushiness are the great dangers of this age and of this people. Unless we keep the barbarian virtues, gaining the civilized ones will be of little avail.” –Theodore Roosevelt
This is the Mountain King coming to you fully alive from his mountain aerie on the steppes of Mt. Haleakala. I would like to welcome you all and send my heartiest greetings to each one of you. Wherever you may find yourself, whatever the conditions, the battle is ours, and once again, I welcome you.
While we are all so different, the truth works for every man just the same. This blog is about becoming a warrior. And what do warriors do? They battle. And who is our enemy? You know who. Our Fear.
Some of you may be wondering why I chose the name Mountain King for my blog. It was inspired by the movie Conan the Barbarian (the one with Swarzenegger made in 1982) I saw this film for the first time at the impressionable age of 9. Funny, as I sit here I realize that, after seeing the first Conan, and though I saw countless action films after that, every one fell short of this original action hero. For me. Arnold came straight from the world of dominating bodybuilding to dominating in films. You could feel the confidence just billowing off of him. Nothing against Jason Momoa, who is awesome in his own right, but Arnold seemed like he was born for the role. The way he conquered in life made you believe he would have conquered just the same in any land or time. He is a perfect analogy for the blog of the Mountain King, and while the foes we are after are inner foes, the philosophy for their defeat, remains the same. To see how Conans creed stands up to other creeds check this little clip from Dino de Laurentis classic, Conan the Barbarian, 1982.
Pretty straightforward. Whereas the first man seems focused on the pleasure the warrior life brings him, Conan is focused only on the warrior life. Sentimentality, or a poetic romanticization of battle, is what the first man offers. Conan prefers the cold steel of reality. His creed is simple.
- Crush your enemies
- See them driven before you
- Hear the lamentations of their women.
An entire line of his incredibly short philosophy, the third line, seems entirely aimed at crushing his own sentimentalism. Now Conan had different dreams and goals than ours. Back before some of our modern conveniences, it seems the way to become successful, was to kill everyone who got in your way with a huge sword. After that I guess you just pile up the bodies and put a castle on top. But how could we apply the law of steel to our lives? In what way may we be hearing “the lamentations of the women?” Well, its the sound our friends make when we leave them to reach for something better. Its our feelings when we throw out stuff that so-and-so gave us when we know we need to make ROOM for a better future. Anything or anyone who uses feelings or sentimental coercion to throw us off of our single-minded focus of attaining our dreams. They are our lamentations, and if we hear them! We should know we are on the right path.
At the end of the film Conan sits on throne in his mountain fortress, after having conquered everything in his path. He is uneasy though, and his crown sits on a troubled brow, for Crom (his god) had made him a man of action, and his inclination was to keep crushing. He was first made strong by the wheel. Then he was made savage in the cage. Then he was refined by the master. At this point he was unbeatable. Arnold is the epitome of winners mind. I highly suggest checking out his autobiography here…
The blog of the Mountain King is my somewhat nerdy quest to believe in myself, despite all evidence to the contrary, and my desire to share that journey with others who want to find a way to wake up their sleeping dragon. Let us cease mistaking people and circumstances for our obstacles, and go to the source. That rotten spring from whence all failures spring. The heart of the beast.
Yes, its good to be in the company of fellow warriors who are out to crush the only enemy in our way. Ourselves. I make this claim boldly to you, not only because boldness is the way, but well, I brought some heavy back-up. You may recognize some of them.
“For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories” ~Plato
“He who conquers others is strong, he who conquers himself, is mighty.” ~Lao-Tzu
“ He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.” ~Confucius
“A man who conquers himself is greater than one who conquers a thousand men in battle” ~Buddha
“There is little that can withstand a man who has conquered himself.” ~Louis XIV
Its like a philosophers dream team. This premise, this idea of conquering ourselves, will be the theme throughout the myriad Mountain King posts, and it is our main directive. Our desire is not to make things around us easier, it can’t always be done. We wish to make ourselves stronger so that we can arise to meet challenges and accomplish greater things. To do this we can’t be pussies. Tough love will rule the order of the day here.
Each day we will take out our wittle bitty feelings and traumas and we will murder them for sport. All the reasons why we are unworthy of happiness and success will be walked out into the courtyard and we will stab them with daggers. We will rustle up all of our excuses and justifications, our petty grudges and bad habits, and throw them in a big pile. Then we will burn them alive. We won’t be squeamish when we hear their dying screams, we will laugh instead and focus on the battle ahead.
We are not uncompassionate. We are not evil. We just do what we have to do. We will never take the hill if we are bleeding hearts. We are going to leave some people. We are going to lose some comforts. But like I said, my friend, we do it laughing. For we know what we stand to lose is a mere fraction of what we stand to gain. Our glorious destinies.
This blog is for men. My message is geared towards men in the aim that they can ultimately follow the natural path and become great husbands and fathers. If they already are husbands and fathers, my aim is to make them greater husbands and fathers. Fathers and husbands provide and protect. We wish to provide with abundance and protect with an iron fist. We see the common men treating their women like garbage. We see the man-boys who run around in the streets while their children suffer, chasing their desires like carrots on a stick. There is an epidemic of fatherless households and it is wreaking absolute havoc in our societies. If I can help a brother out, maybe one who is wading through quagmires of watered down philosophy and weak doctrines, and wants to activate his potential as a man, husband, or father, than I am more than happy to do so. That being said, if you’re a bad-ass lady that wants to destroy, and you don’t mind the waft and warp of my discourse, than by all means, have a seat! We welcome Amazons and Valkyries. Shield maidens. Any woman that wants to crush. The prinipals can be applied to any one, just put on your thickest hide and fall in! Here’s some inspiration…
Mountain King welcomes all races and faiths and encourages unity through brotherhood and a common goal. We take each and every man as his own seperate case and treat him accordingly. In battle, racism disappears when other skin colors save our own, when we are united by a common goal. We are bigger than the genetic hands dealt to us. We have vision. Be a Viking. Be a Shaka Zulu. Be a Shogun. Be an Aztec.
Whatever it may be, begin to see yourself as stronger than you are, and you will see that you are much stronger than you thought. No one else, perhaps besides yours truly, will raise your banner. No one will fill your storerooms with treasure. You, hero, must be the one.
Its been my honor to share with you. I look forward to your incredible success. Until then…
Keep it Grinding,
The Mountain King