Along the mountain tops of the Malaysian empire, hidden between the gullies of the cliff face, lived a small tribe of ancient peace-time warriors.
Within the tribe, was a culture of trial by fire. One had to earn his right to belong, to eat with the others and to enjoy the merits garnered only by those of great prestige and personal sacrifice.
The tribe itself was small. Consisting of less than 40 members, with a 2/3 ratio of men to women. As one can imagine, this made the breeding process quite selective. Only the best of the caste were challenged by the female members for their hand in pro-creation.
This challenged, issued from birth, was a right of passage. A suffering and re-birth cycle that had held steadfast and was respected within the culture for over a century.
It required the mother to give up all rights to the child, being taken away from her at the tender age of 18 months and thrown into the cold and icy winter hunts from the age of 4.
This ensured no outside influence affected the grooming of the young children, allowing the mold to be set from an early age and then cured over the next 15 years of the child’s life. Making them warrior’s, both in mind and spirit.
We hear the word “groom” in association with children and naturally cringe or move away in hopes of not having our little bubbles popped with some unholy notions that the lives we live have just been a matter of happenstance and who we are is just part of our DNA.
How do you expect that you came to be the person you are today? Determinism? That’s a wonderful joke if you want to be laughed out of any room filled with scientists or philosophers.
You are at this very moment, a sum of experience and outcome. Those two variables have slowly shaped the way you view the world and your bias towards certain ideas and opinions.
So the idea of grooming and its associative ideas within the individual are based on cognitive bias formed by the experiences they’ve had which coincidentally groomed them to have that outlook on the world as seen through their lens.
With this understanding put in front of you, we can now see why the young children of the tribe are taken away at such an early age, to instill experience and wisdom, enabling a right of passage from childhood to adulthood and further beyond once their elder tribesmen pass on.
The trial by fire starts with simple lessons of discipline. Up before the sun, on the hunt by sunrise and home before sunset with food for the elders or spend a night in winters harsh embrace, fighting to survive to please the elders with a successful hunt the following day.
Following along in a sensible fashion, the young warriors are instilled with tribal wisdom that is passed down through the ages along with the myths that the tribal elders dictate for each inevitable generation.
The right of passage comes full circle when each young warrior is taken in the middle of the night and thrown into the depths of the mountain ranges with 1 task and 1 task only, come back alive and with the trophy hunt assigned to them or stay in the wild and die the animal that you are.
Nothing can embolden a young man nor create a sense of urgency like ones own life being put on a platter without consent or prior knowledge.
The few that survive this initiation are hailed as kings for all to serve. They’re given first pick of everything besides the right to sit on the tribe council.
Getting into the council requires one to show more than mere primal instincts, but to be deemed the embodiment of the tribe by the current serving members.
This idea of being deemed worthy has followed us through the ages. Whether that be in friendship circles, corporate hierarchies or the hospital waiting list. All of these situations require some form of sacrifice that deems one worthy of any offering presented before them.
We seem to forget this idea, that we have to earn what we claim rather than just talk about the things we might have done in our grandiose self-idealistic view.
We are our word, our word is our bond yet this has all but been forgotten within the passage of time. The foundations still lay intact, but the act of achieving is no longer in sight, talk now trumps action (in the short-term) and we all like to live in our own fantasy world of the people we are, the things we accomplish and the ideas we have of how the world should be, according to us.
Student is master without the required discipleship and tutelage as the winds that sway the world have removed the hardship and suffering, replacing them talk and theory.
A return to the rights of passage is a must if one is to become a warrior in the garden, sowing the seeds planted long ago by the discovery of teachers past-gone and authorities that act, rather than speak.
Growth is the result of acting on ones ideas about how one should become and be in the world.
To Be or To Do, that’s the daily question we must ask ourselves at dawn.