Discipline and strength of purpose allow a warrior to face whatever life presents with courage. Rather than immediately pull out weapons, a warrior assesses her adversaries, tries to understand their position, respects their strength. How can one effectively deal with a threat that is not understood, measured, considered? Which of us would want to be judged in an instant, and found wanting, with no attempt at communication and so little regard that we were simply executed--as if we meant nothing.
As an artist, my creed is about trying to find a creative solution to challenges rather than overpowering others so that they adopt my views, or at least do things my way. A refusal to listen to opposing views arises from an attitude of exclusion and contempt. Violence is often expediency in the service of greed.
A person whose first and only choice is violence, is not a warrior but a terrorist. He does not follow god, he plays god, and the lives of others are of no consequence to him. A warrior must honor life--what else is worth sacrificing oneself for?
So many say they long for peace, but I do not think peace can be "won." It must be practiced. Warriors employ focus and use strategies to do the honorable thing a hundred times a day, perhaps a thousand. They get better at it, because they keep practicing.
Be a warrior.
Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts. Each time we drop our complaints and allow everyday good fortune to inspire us, we enter the warrior’s world. --Pema Chödrön