The Essence Of Being a Warrior ...

... is to never give up on yourself.

What is currently especially interesting to you?

I firmly believe in a constant "upgrade yourself" approach to life and interests ... for example, I do not believe that ANYONE is entitled to good health, adequate healthcare and freedom from healthcare-induced financial worries. I also do not believe that this ever will be OR should be achieved for human beings. Human beings should be profoundly grateful for their lives, for everything that their lives afford them and grateful for the opportunity to maintain and upgrade their health status. When we want good health, we should exercise for fitness, optimize our sleep for our emotional, intellectual and physical health and we should eat carefully in order to not only enjoy flavors and tastes, but also to build a healthier and more fit body. There is nothing more interesting and exciting to me now than upgrading my own health -- it took me well over 50 years to begin to understand this; I am not sure if I really understand how important my responsibility is for upgrading my health [including my knowledge and full awareness of nutrition, physiology and all aspects of health]. I do not know if I could be any more grateful and appreciative of the blessing of life, but I intend to try to be ... so upgrading myself is primarily about my health, but that also lays the foundation for my other interests.

For example, I believe that workflows and lifestyles need to be aggressively designed to cultivate better health ... as one small step, I don't watch television or videos and I have replaced all of my living room furniture with grappling mats so that I might work out to advance my ability to participate in Brazilian jiujitsu [into my 80s or 90s or beyond]. I also believe that landscaping is terribly important -- much more important for me than it is to almost all homeowners. Most homeowners want an unhealthy sedentary existence -- they are free to do this, of course, but the sedentary nature of their lives means that they will be less healthy, become immobile and either die or be unable to do many things decades before their time. The intensely sedentary nature of most homes is why I detest almost all houses, including my own, but am absolutely in love outdoor sculpting and architecture. I also love soil, Nature and climate as well as the different cycles found in Nature, such as the Krebs cycle or the carbon nutrient cycle ... if you combine sculpture with Nature, soil building, climate and engineering, you probably come up with useful and timeless modern art forms like Baubotanik.

What are your biggest concerns or fears?

I am a Stoic ... which is to say that I work at maintaining a disciplined life that is not governed by fear or worry. I might flinch or react involuntarily, but I see something like fear as opportunity ... I understand that bullies and predators who attempt to use fear do so because they lack strength and skill to prevail without attempting to intimidate or use fear.

My stoicism is not terribly complicated, but it is very different from the manner in which most people hysterically approach fears. You could say that my approach is systematic, cold, mechanical, mathematical. When life gives me X, I choose Y to optimize the function f (X,Y) ... I don't fear X or worry too much about what X will be; I know that there will always be a pretty decent Y for any given X. Of course, optimizing f(X,Y) sounds simple and straightforward EXCEPT that the difficulty is that when life gives us X, it doesn't explain what the equation for f(X,Y) looks like. This ambiguity or lack of a full explanation is in effect the multiplier of fears and concerns -- so, it's not really a surprise that many people's lives completely unravel when life gives them X ... for example, when life gives them cancer, they are immediately overwhelmed and give up entirely to trust whatever the experts suggest ... they do not understand that they need to figure out what has made their cancer a threat to them, ie not just the cause initially (ie we ALL have cancer in our systems), but what about their lifestyle/diet/habits made it possible for their immune system to fail to eliminate the cancer. The reason why they must figure out the solution to this problem is not for their own sake or for their own lives, but they must figure this out for the lives of others who come after them ... they must figure out the f(X,Y) equation so that they can select the best Y ... not for themselves, but for those who follow.

Because of my experience or success ... or perhaps, some would say, because of my incredibly hard-headed, recalcitrant stupidity ... I have a pretty strong level confidence and a generally solid freedom from worry or doubt. I think that I still remember quite clearly what it means to have worries or fears -- but I just don't really have any irrational, hysterical fears any more.

Of course, I am still human, I still sense fear even if I don't let it intimidate me. I get hungry, but I don't immediately rush to feed myself. I still feel pain so I don't put my hands on hot stoves or take silly dares or pointless challenges just to prove that I am not afraid ... but I don't fear pain or growing old. I especially do not fear death any more ... becoming weak and giving in to a life governed by my fears, like most other humans, is my greatest fear.