“Sigurth spake: ‘Better is heart than a mighty blade for him who shall fiercely fight; The brave man well shall fight and win, though dull his blade may be.’”
Courage is defined as “the ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty, or pain without being overcome by fear or being deflected from a chosen course of action.”
When we have Courage, we are able to face the challenges that are put in front of us without being overcome by fear or being deflected from our chosen course of action. Courage is akin to the Noble Virtue of Perseverance, where one presses on against all odds until the goal is met, the task is finished and/or one has done all they said they would do.
In his book, “The Way of Men”, author Jack Donovan states that Courage is “the animating spirit of masculinity, and it is crucial to any meaningful definition of masculinity… In any gang of men fighting for survival, courage will be esteemed and respected in the living and it will be revered in the dead. Courage is a crucial tactical virtue. One can choose to be courageous, and even in its basest form, courage is a triumph over fear. It’s associated with heart and spirit and passion, but it is also a drive to fight and win…”
Donovan goes on to further define Courage as “the will to risk harm in order to benefit one-self or others. In its most basic amoral form, courage is a willingness or passionate desire to fight or hold ground at any cost (gameness, heart, spirit, thumos). In its most developed form courage is the considered and decisive willingness to ensure the success or survival of a group or another person (courage, virtus, andreia).”
But Courage itself is not words and concepts and definitions- it is honorable action.
The following story I’m going to retell is a true story about three men who swam through Chernobyl’s radioactive waters to stop a nuclear meltdown. It is taken from an article out of Oddee.com entitled, “9 Amazing Stories of Incredibly Brave People”:
“In 1986, a sudden surge of power during a reactor systems test destroyed Unit 4 of Chernobyl’s nuclear power plant, spewing massive amounts of deadly radioactive material into the environment. The death toll was unknown and rumored to be anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand.
While many perished, three clean-up volunteers – Alexi Ananenko, Valeri Bezpoalov and Boris Baronov – willingly met their fate.
During the well-documented disaster, a pool of water used for emergencies in case of a break in the cooling pumps or steam pipes became flooded with a highly radioactive liquid that was in danger of blowing up. These three men suited up in scuba gear and swam into the radioactive waters of the flooded chamber, knowing full well they would die as a result. They opened up a gate valve, which allowed the contaminated water to drain out.
Days after reaching the surface all three men succumbed to radiation poisoning and were buried in lead coffins. If not for the bravery of the ‘Chernobyl Suicide Squad’ a thermal explosion would have taken place resulting in unfathomable disaster.”
While it may be impossible for us to fully place ourselves in those men’s shoes, I invite you all to think to yourselves for a moment and ask yourselves, “Would I take on a task, knowing it would inevitably kill me, in order to save my family and my people?”
I would like to say I would. But in truth, I’ll only know when it happens.
Many spiritual traditions speak of “selfless service”, but how many who adhere are willing to knowingly risk their own lives to save another?
Alexi Ananenko, Valeri Bezpoalov and Boris Baronov, displayed Courage by willfully sacrificing themselves to save the lives of their family and their folk.
It is courage; the willingness to suffer and even give the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of a noble cause; like dying so that your family and friends can live; that is the hallmark of a warrior. In an age where so many people, so many men in particular, seem to think of nothing that is worth saving over their own skin, this sort of courage needs to be held to the highest esteem. This is the sort of courage we as men of European descent, and really just men in general, need to strive for. This is the model of manhood.
So how does one go about building this mindset of Courage and the Will to act upon it? This is where the Warrior archetype of masculinity comes into play.
But first, we need to set our definitions.
In their book, “King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine”, authors Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette define what exactly is meant by the word, “archetype”:
“It is our experience that deep within every man are blueprints, what we can also call ‘hard wiring’, for the calm and positive mature masculine. Jungians (that is to say, followers of renowned Swiss psychologist Carl Jung) refer to theses masculine potentials as archetypes, or ‘primordial images’.
Jung and his successors have found that on the level of the deep unconscious the psyche of every person is grounded in what Jung referred to as the ‘collective unconscious’, made up of instinctual patterns and energy configurations probably inherited genetically throughout the generations of our species. The archetypes provide the very foundations of our behaviors- our thinking, our feeling, and our characteristic human reactions. They are the image makers that artists and poets and religious prophets are so close to.”
In the book, Moore and Gillette outline what Jungians have found to be the four primary archetypes of the masculine psyche as laid out in both the myths and legends of traditional societies, as well as the roles of men within the societies themselves. These four archetypes are the King, the Warrior, the Magician, and the Lover.
In the following passage, Moore and Gillette describe the man who is accessing the Warrior archetype in its fullness:
“A man accessing the Warrior archetype has a “positive mental attitude”, as they say in sales training. This means that he has an unconquerable spirit, that he has great courage that he is fearless, that he takes responsibility for his actions, and that he has self-discipline. Discipline means that he has the rigor to develop control and mastery over his mind and body, and that he has the capacity to withstand pain, both psychological and physical. He is willing to suffer to achieve what he wants to achieve. ‘No pain, no gain’, we say.”
In day-to-day life, we are accessing our Warrior when we are focused and “getting shit done”. We access the Warrior when we are holding ourselves and our brothers accountable.
My experiences with Martial Arts in particular, helped to facilitate a development and understanding of the Warrior archetype within myself. I highly recommend anyone getting at least some experience practicing a form of Martial Arts, if for nothing more than the mental training that will inevitably happen when training in such a manner.
A wonderful example of how the Warrior archetype can apply to the spiritual quest is shown in Carlos Castaneda’s Don Juan series. The various exercises described in the book that are aimed at challenging the perception, firming the integrity, letting go of old beliefs and mastering the mind and emotions, are definitely worth looking into.
When we are truly in our Warrior, we are in control of our emotions- most importantly the emotions related to fear. When we have this control, we are able to move beyond desperate attempts to “save our own ass”, and demonstrate acts of courage for the sake of a greater good.
In the Norse myth of Tyr and Fenris, Odin and the gods deceive the murderous wolf-monster, Fenris. In order to neutralize the threat, he posed to the world, the gods agreed to bind Fenris with magic chains. Odin baited the wolf with his pride, saying that he could not break the chains, while swearing they did not use any magic on them (which they did). Fenris let the gods put the chains on him, under the condition that one of them had to put their hand in his mouth as “collateral” in case they were deceiving him (which they were). Tyr, most courageous of the gods, volunteered to be the one who put their hand in the monster’s mouth. And sure enough, once the wolf found he could not break the chains due to magic, Fenris bit the god’s hand off and swallowed it.
In this story, we have a sacrifice not of life, but of limb. Of course, Tyr would go on to die with most of the other gods at Ragnarok. Tyr knew what was going to happen from the moment he made the decision to sacrifice himself for the greater good of his kin; his tribe of Aesir gods. Tyr knew that the danger Fenris posed to the gods as well as pretty much everyone else, was a far higher price than his hand. Tyr knew the sacrifice was worth it.
In the Norse-Germanic tradition, victory was not nearly as important as dying “a good death”- the most noble of which was to die in battle and be taken to Valhalla– Odin’s hall of elite warriors who fought, feasted and made merry until the time of Ragnarok.
We are in a pivotal moment right now. It is a time when the Divine Masculine Principle of the Sun god is rising in the consciousness of our folk and all of humanity- and He came not to bring peace, but a sword.
True masculinity, especially aggressive and fearless Warrior Masculinity, has always been the greatest threat to any established order or any outside group seeking dominance over a tribe. This is why such focus is placed on controlling men- making sure that men “behave” and “fall-in-line” in a subservient fashion. This is why there is such a demonization of men like Trump and movements like the Alt-Right and other Nationalist/anti-Globalist movements for being “hyper-masculine”, “bullying”, “predators”. This is why children in school are being taught about the evils of “White Patriarchy” and “White Masculinity” and an increasingly young age.
In “King, Warrior, Magician, Lover”, Moore and Gillette stated:
“We live in a time when people are generally uncomfortable with the Warrior form of masculine energy… This is the age in the West of the ‘soft masculine’ and it is a time in which radical feminists raise loud and hostile voices against the Warrior energy. In liberal churches, committees are removing such ‘warlike” hymns as ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ and ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’ from the hymnals.”
Moore and Gillette went on to state in criticism of feminism and modern liberalism’s attempt to re-design a less-aggressive, less-threatening man:
“We can’t just take a vote and vote the Warrior out. Like all archetypes, it lives on despite of our conscious attitudes for it. And like all repressed archetypes, it goes underground eventually to resurface in the form of emotional and physical violence.”
The “Old Order” appears to be in the process of decay. They desperately struggle to keep their desperate to keep their dead dream alive by constantly attempting to “vote the Warrior out”- and when that works, marginalize, slander, demonize and attack him. But this strategy will not work because it is attempting to suppress Nature. Nature will not be denied. The Warrior WILL NOT be denied.
The time for men of European descent to have courage and tap into their Warrior is seemingly now or never. Europa is literally being raped while her children in the Occident slowly wither and decay into living ghosts of their ancestors. But this does not mean directions can’t change. We just need to have the courage to take right action, even if we are demonized, attacked and even killed for doing so.
To quote Teddy Roosevelt, “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
In taking Courageous action, we win no matter what the outcome on paper reads.
In John chapter 15 verse 13, Krist Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
There is honor in sacrifice of one’s self for those you love. Now am I saying go martyr yourself for the world or develop a “Social Justice Warrior” sense of moral self-righteousness? No. What I am saying is that there are things more precious than our own asses. Be it family, friends, tribe or nation; there should be something that we know in our hearts we would die for. And when the time comes that those things need defending, we are right there willing to be a human shield if need be- figuratively and/or literally.
We live in an Age where action is the order of the day. And no meaningful action can happen until we get our Warrior on-line and grow ourselves a set. Men of European descent as well as men from all races and ethnicities, need to rediscover what it means to have True courage and be a Warrior, if we are going to re-assume our roles as protectors of our family, tribe, and folk, as well as bring honor to our ancestors, and claim our spiritual destiny.
It is the time for Courage now. It’s time for the Warrior to step into the arena.
Namaste and God Bless.