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Man's Bedrock

The majority of incredibly successful people seem to rest their deepest source of strength and value outside of themselves.

This is obvious among devoutly religious people, but you'll also find it among many seemingly non-religious. Often, top scientists seem to be animated by a source of strength in the "march of progress," revolutionaries facing capture or execution will say proudly, "You can kill the revolutionary, but you can't kill the revolution."

Samurai had their lords and houses, and even beyond that -- a sense of honor that is timeless and transcendent, not grounded in the earthly.

This seems like it could be disadvantageous even as much as 95% of the time. There are tremendous personal benefits to asserting, "I am the prime mover, I set and define every ethic of my own, and there are no larger forces at work than my own preferences." That unrelenting sense of self-control and self-direction leads to gains in a sense of locus of control, personal responsibility, and a rejection of that oft-crippling fatalism.

And yet. That last 5% of the time, the time when the man who looks outside himself gains?

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This is me, mumbling to myself in a corner.

I know blogs are public but the internet is vast. I'm tucked away where no one can see me (shhh), more comfortable with a theoretical audience than an actual one. If approached directly I would shy away and then fade into the background, like I do at social gatherings. I'm not trying to cultivate a readership or gain internet fame. I don't want to be paralyzed with worry over style and substance or I may start speaking like an 18th century novelist, spinning off into asides directed at my Dear Readers. (I may do that anyway, come to think of it...)

But my point is, I'm not anticipating you. If you're here, weird. Cool, I guess. I'm scared of loud noises so approach quietly and with caution. But mostly, here be, I expect, inane ramblings of interest only to myself.

So don't mind me.

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