For quite some time now, I’ve had this certain belief that may come across as slightly loony to some. You see, I believe that everyone is, deep down, a star. (As in a celebrity). Yes, that’s right. I believe everyone’s a celebrity in divine disguise. The vast majority don’t realize it, but it’s true.
I had always wanted to write an essay about this, but I was finally galvanized into doing so while recently listening to Lady GaGa’s newest single, “Born This Way.” I tell you, this is no pop song. It’s a channeled transcription from Divinity. It is the sound of a soul claiming the destiny it was born into a human body to fulfill: that of inspiring people to claim their birthright as stars in their own right.
“My Mama told me when I was young / We are all born superstars,” the song begins. The moment I heard those lines I already knew this song was going to send my heart soaring into the stratosphere and beyond. And I was right.
Posted in Art / Creativity, Mysticism / Spirituality, Pop Culture, Self-Development / Success
Tagged Born This Way, celebrity, fame, God, inspire, Justin Bieber, Lady GaGa, light, Matt Harding, shine, star
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought I might write something that was in some way relevant to the theme of love, especially romantic love. Personally, I barely even notice V. Day’s coming and going. But the fact is that for a lot of people, especially the youth, it does mean something and I respect that. If they’re in a relationship, it’s a day to celebrate their love. If they’re not, it can become an annoying reminder of their single status. This is why, on holidays, a lot of young single people want to hang out with other single friends. It’s a way to shield themselves from the feelings of lack or loneliness.
For many, holidays can exacerbate feelings of loneliness.
Today I answer the question that I began in my last post.
This is actually a topic that I could easily fill an entire book in order to fully explore it in all its subtleties and ramifications, so, if anything, this post is only an introduction, not a complete exposition of my personal vision of True Strength.
As I suggested in the previous post, True Strength is not mere physical might or stamina. You could lift a horse and still be a wimp when it comes to True Strength.
It is not mere aggressive behavior. Go ahead, flare out your feathers and act like the Alpha Male (if you’re a guy), but unless you cultivate True Strength you are, in the big scheme of things, an Omega Male (i.e., the male at the bottom of the pack).
Given that this is my first official entry for this blog, I thought I’d elaborate a little more about what the blog will be about in ways that the “About” page, in the name of brevity, does not.
I have already written, on my “About” page, about how The Dancing Paladin is about my philosophy of living a life that is both successful (in whatever sense you want that word to mean) and highly virtuous.
I can't say that the unexamined life is not worth living, as Socrates claimed, but I CAN say that the examined life is very worth living indeed. (image: Rembrandt, "Philosopher in Meditation," oil on wood, 1632)
The ideas that I will be writing about here are a result of a lifetime (so far, relatively short, I admit) of non-stop searching, reading, thinking, experimenting, changing and adapting. Most of it will be my original content. Occasionally, some of it may be material by others that I want to share. Some of it will be actual, practical tips; some of it will be just ideas that will be for you to decide what to do with. Continue reading
Posted in Practical Philosophy, Self-Development / Success
Tagged books, experience, ideas, Korea, mentoring, philosophy, self-help, taoism, virtue, wisdom