Men are not machines. Killing solely to kill is done by beasts and not by men. Men are far more complex than that and they have the ability to be introspective. Certainly discipline keeps the fighter rooted in his skillfulness but to advance beyond his armor, that shell of protection, means he must look within his body and into his heart.

The heart is where a warrior keeps patience, selflessness, love, courage, humility and compassion among many virtuous things. Warriors without empathy for others are simply machines without emotions; they are an empty construct that is no different from a wrecking ball. But thinking too deeply can paralyze a person until they can’t accomplish a thing. One side of the house is action and the other side is paralysis. A master has learned balance; when to act and when to sit still.

The internet is populated with millions of memes from social media users insisting that people get off their butts and ‘Live Your Life.’ ‘Get Some’ or ‘Carpe Diem’. If someone knew the exact time of their death would they really bother to seize the day?

The writer Anatole France believed that most men are stuck living in a bourgeois compromise where they do not live fulfilling lives and don’t know how to get out of it. Eat, sleep, dream, eat, sleep, dream…

“We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we yearn for another that will be eternal”


If men could live forever then what kind of life would they envisage for themselves? Wouldn’t it be hell to live forever and at the same time lack a plan for life? Why should anyone need more time? Henry David Thoreau wanted to escape from the human condition.

He disliked the perpetual cycle of waking, working and sleeping and so he went to the woods, as he said, “to live deliberately and front only the essential facts of life”. Thoreau wanted to see if he could learn what it had to teach, and not when it came time to die, discover that he hadn’t lived. Will you choose to live today?

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Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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