Despite what anyone tells you we are violent creatures. If we can’t commit violence we watch other people commit it. Don’t believe me, then look at what the main hobbies of modern man are. Watching sports are the main channel for men expressing their ingrained desire for violence. Of course we appreciate the hard work, the team camaraderie, the highs of a hard fought win and the bitter taste of defeat. We equally appreciate watching a particularly brutal tackle in the NFL, a bone crunching check in hockey or a blackout inducing left cross in MMA. That’s why no one is talking about that curling match on Monday morning at the water cooler. This isn’t enough, living vicariously through athletes does nothing for you in the long run. (*I’m all for participating in sports, just not watching on television*) The runner-up to sports are modern video games. We get our violence fix through chainsawing some dudes head clean through in Gears of War or blowing up a heli in Battlefield (I’m not knocking it, I’m guilty as hell). In the end though you must go out and commit violence yourself.
That DOES NOT mean go beat on your girlfriend, family member, or a stranger. When people hear the word violence that is exactly what they picture, but they are wrong. They focus only on the destructive side of the spectrum, when the positive side is so much more productive. When I work out in the gym I work out with extreme violence. My squats are explosive and I’m cursing and sweating profusely through it all. No part of the process is peaceful in the least bit. I do not sit and ponder philosophy while on the bench, I picture a collapsing building falling on my chest and I act accordingly. When I box whether with a sparring partner or just the bag I aim to break them into pieces. One of the first things you learn in a combat martial art is to react with extreme violence. Every kick you throw is meant to go THROUGH your opponent not slightly tap them. Picture a lumberjack chopping wood, he does not pull back as soon as metal touches bark, he swings through with extreme violence.
Today’s suburban male tries to shut out violence in his life only to turn on the tele for sports/video games. THAT SHIT IS WEAK. Every so often I climb a local mountain and yell at the top of my lungs for an hour or so. I fucking recommend it to you all. Get primal on that ass, scream, shout obscenities, yell at that hawk soaring by. Pick up heavy rocks and logs and throw them over the side. Kick down rotten trees.
Tackle a bear. I have a hatchet I bring to chop down trees and make a fire. I don’t hunt (yet) but I track down game animals. There’s white tail deer all around these parts and they make excellent targets to work on your stealthiness. Closest I’ve gotten so far was about 75 ft before it bolted. When it runs, chase after it until your winded. You probably won’t catch it but you feel like a goddamn half lion half man hybrid. It’s in your DNA, our ancestors did this shit and when you do it it awakens a primal side you never knew you had. Go home and ravish your wife/ girlfriend when your done.
Still yet, violence can be harnessed into creative brilliance. Beautiful works of art are created by violent means. Look at the works of Jackson Pollock if proof be needed. His work was so violent artists credit him with inspiring his own style of painting dubbed “action painting”. From Wiki-
“My painting does not come from the easel. I prefer to tack the unstretched canvas to the hard wall or the floor. I need the resistance of a hard surface. On the floor I am more at ease. I feel nearer, more part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting.
I continue to get further away from the usual painter’s tools such as easel, palette, brushes, etc. I prefer sticks, trowels, knives and dripping fluid paint or a heavy impasto with sand, broken glass or other foreign matter added.
When I am in my painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing. It is only after a sort of ‘get acquainted’ period that I see what I have been about. I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through. It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well”.
—Jackson Pollock, 1955
Beyond art, violence and music practically go hand in hand. NWA brings it to you as raw as it gets and the anger is so tangible you can taste in Straight Outta Compton. Pete Townshend smashing his guitar is an iconic moment in rock and roll history. Watching Jimi light his electric on fire is an almost transcendent experience. When violence and genius meet the world truly stands still.
To be an effective leader you must awaken your violent side. You should not aim to be violent with opponents, but they MUST know that you are capable of unleashing the fury of 1000 suns on them whether physically or mentally. The threat of violence will suffice to keep them in check without you having to lift a finger. They will sense it in you, it will be an invisible badge you wear, and all that come across you will feel it.
Use violence to create something beautiful. Hemingway used the terrible atrocities he saw in World War I to write his immortal novel A Farewell To Arms, what will you do?