“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self”~ Ernest Hemingway

It is the purity found in throes of nature, that its wisdom speaks to us.

The purest truth: That seasons are inevitable, and so preparation and observations of the day and time is a necessity. A ever present mindfulness of each moment, with all our senses watching the horizon, sky and clouds for darkness or direction of clouds, the plants and trees change in colors, the smell of rain and environmental changes, the touch of dew in the morning feeling the variations of the earth, shifts in temperature, listening for the distant rumble of thunder, rain, animal signals of the environment. All feeding our awareness with pure information, to be used to guide our daily activities and tasks, whether to prep for snow or rain, to head south for more temperate winter months or north for abundant provisions of food and plant life. To cut wood or hunt, to be prepared.

The natural rhythm of sunrise and sunset is the greatest clock to set your sleep schedule to. The animals provide the most efficient and effective work schedule; rising early with the sun, resting in the hottest part of the day, finishing up and setting up for the next day, then resting and relaxing in the evening till darkness.

We have been given the greatest gift of experience, to live a fulfilling life, and we have been given the cheat codes for the best way to live it. As human beings, we have in our pursuit of instant gratification and laziness, created a world where that instant gratification does not truly gratify. In our optimization of daily living we’ve created a ever-evolving and continually complex society with increasingly complex technological integrations for ”simplifying your life”. We are now plagued with anxiety and unrest, constantly changing, adapting, filled with more information than we can process efficiently, so distracted by the very attempts to deal with and integrate everything into day life we have forgotten how to truly live.

There is a great irony, that we now have infinite information at our finger tips, yet people seemingly continue to grow less wise and empty of common sense, lazy in their thinking. Taking every input of information as is without any critical thought, assimilating it as theirs, with no discernment as to what they are exposing themselves to 24/7 creating an unprecedented shift globally.

A society and world of human beings lacking real individuality. Mistaking their sovereign personhood for the identity they have been molded into from programming and outside influence since birth. Just as the times of Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius, etc. the practice of individual mastery and understanding; pondering one’s individual philosophy and beliefs, seeking not simply knowledge but the wisdom of understanding, has been supplemented with lazily assimilating the ideology, views, beliefs, and socially accepted identities. Resulting in a world where no one truly knows what or why they believe things, nor know their true self. Unwilling to question what they have been raised to believe, or test their own beliefs, at the least for the sake of knowing inside and out why you think or believe that; in fear of their identity being shaken.

Which is why the ability to hold conversations and dialogue has been replaced with irrational and explosive anger, outlandish behavior, anything to avoid the safety of ignorance and self exploration. There is nothing we fear more than our true selves for fear of judgment or disagreement. Intimidated by the work and effort required to know oneself and master their own existence. Compared to the simplicity of agreeableness and societal acceptance.

“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.”C.Jung

“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.”C.Jung

So much of our mistakes, choices, hardships, etc. are rooted in ourselves. We must first seek true understanding, self awareness, and control of our own individual existence. Or else you will be Living an entire life never truly being/reaching your full potential as a individual, and never experiencing all of life’s treasures.

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By Jordan Laird

Former Chief Scout, Staff Non-Commissioned Officer, Platoon Commander, Pre-Sniper Instructor, Infantry Squad Leader, Infantryman and Scout Sniper in the U.S. Marine Corps. Serving with: 2nd Btn. 23rd Mar. • 3rd Btn 25th Mar. 2nd Btn 5th Mar. • 3rd Btn 5th Mar. After leaving the Corps, he became a private contractor working both over seas and in country, as a DDM (Designated Defensive Marksman) and WPPS instructor in CQC, CQB, Weapons and Tactics, Land Navigation, S.E.R.E techniques and more. This opened the door for opportunities, that led to his recruitment as an operator in a CSOT (Contingency Special Operations Team.) Again working as an instructor and operator, both in the states and overseas in austere environments. He finished his career in the tactical community as a Special Weapons And Tactics Instructor for the coveted DOE Courier program, teaching advanced marksmanship, tactics, and more.

One thought on “The Purest Truth”
  1. Eloquently written and true. Few people experience the discovery of the depth of their conviction to life and liberty. Thank you for posting.

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