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'Hold Peace in Your Heart, Violence in Your Hands, a Plan of Action in Your Mind."~Buddha. Actually the quote is ours and the shirt is cool!
The Warrior Monk. The design was inspired by Herman Hesse's novel Siddhartha. In Hesse's story the protagonist feels disconnected from society and he is in search of meaning. This design has nothing to do with Buddhism. The symbol of a peaceful character (Buddha) was specifically chosen to contrast with our view that we must stand up for ourselves against evil, even using weapons if there are no other options. There shouldn't be an internal conflict nor a social disconnection. Our gunfighter knows what he needs to do and he gets it done. Life has purpose, he has a mission and he is going to fight. He must not live life passively.
Our view is that men and women must live vitally and our sentiment can be summed up here: "Where is the locus of your pain? We can all joke about an injury by asking what is the "boo boo" and to show where it hurts. We'll even get a few laughs but the reality is we are susceptible to pain and deep pain simply cannot be ignored. Most men in our modern world who feel disconnected from the common culture and experience feelings of meaninglessness and futility should understand we are milliseconds away from reducing our suffering simply by attacking doubt with action.
Men fearful of pain, deep seated pain, will never get to the root of the problem unless they examine the wound. We must attack any of our misgivings with deliberate honesty to prevent the corrosive power of skepticism from rotting us within. Deliberate action married with focused intelligence means we discover why we are dying inside and it requires cutting out our dishonesty. Examination begets facts, facts require action, action requires order, order creates conviction, conviction breeds passion, passion brings connection. Do the damn work doctor.
We must examine how we see ourselves, how we see the world, and how we see others. Is life meaningless? Are we worthless? The truth is men are given a tremendous amount of power in that we are not only able to think but we are able to make choices yet most men squirm like worms rather than act like lions once given the facts. The location of your pain isn't over there, it's inside of you, and you can change how you think and feel. We were built for great things. You were built to do great things now do it. Don't be afraid of the work you must do. Have confidence in who you are, what you want to do, and what you want to say. Life holds a certain amount of misery and suffering but it also holds joy. Take action. Do not be a coward."
The other part of this is to stand by your philosophy. If its peace than hold to peace. If you must fight, then fight.
"Keep preaching peace, do nothing, or do little when violence comes to others but consider one day that violence may come to you, so be grateful if help comes from someone that won’t auction their talents nor principles as you did. When it happens is NOT the time to figure what it is that you believe. Give regard to a moral code that has real principle, merit and is useful because there are evil men out there. Give violence that is an appropriate response, that fully adheres to your principles, and if need be destroys bad men in their tracks."
Stay hopeful, stay strong, stay cool and be bad ass.