The Hunter and The Warrior

 

 

 

 

The Hunter.  It is not enough to know how to make and set traps.  A hunter must live as a hunter in order to draw the most out of his life.  A hunter must not only know about his prey.  He must also know that there are powers on earth that guide men and everthing that is living.  A good hunter changes his ways as often as he needs.  And the most difficult is to want to really change.

Change comes suddenly and unexpectedly, and so does death.  There is no power on earth that could guarantee that we are going to live indefinitely. A hunter is conscious of the fact that he does not have the assurance that his life will go on indefinitely.

Acts have power, especially when the person acting knows that those acts are his last battle.  There is a strange consuming happiness in acting with the full knowledge that whatever one is doing may very well be his last act on earth.  A good hunter brings his acts into that light.

I call it a battle because it is a struggle.  Most people move from act to act without any struggle or thought A hunter, on the contrary, assesses every act, and since he has an intimate knowledge of his death, he proceeds judiciously, as if every act was his last battle.  A hunter gives his last battle due respect.

Only a fool will fail to notice the advantage a hunter has over his fellowmen.

 

The Warrior.  A warrior on the other hand seeks power, and one of the avenues of power is dreaming.  The difference between a hunter and a warrior is that a warrior is on his way to power, while a hunter knows very little about it.

Dreaming is real for a warrior because in it he can act deliberately, he can choose or reject, he can select from a variety of items which lead to power, and then he can manipulate them.  While in an ordinary dream he cannot act deliberately.

A warrior is an immaculate hunter who seeks power.  He is neither drunk nor has the time or the disposition to lie to himself or bluff his way, the stakes are too high.  Death is the best adviser of a warrior.

What is power?  Power is something a warrior deals with.  At first, it is hard to think about it.  Then power becomes a serious matter, one may not have it, or one may not fully realize that it exists, yet one knows that something is there, something which was not there before.  Next, power is manifested as something uncontrollable that comes to oneself.  And finally, power is something in oneself, something that controls one’s act, and yet obeys one’s command.

Power is a devastating force that could easily lead to one’s death and has to be treated with respect.  A controlled outburst and a controlled silence are the marks of a good warrior.

The mood of a warrior calls for control over himself and at the same time it calls for abandoning himself.  In this regard a warrior is also a hunter.  He calculates everything.  That is control.  Once the calculations are over, he acts, he lets go.  That is abandon.

A warrior is not a leaf at the mercy of the wind.  A warrior is not offended, but can be injured.  For a warrior there is nothing offensive about the acts of his fellowmen as long as he himself is acting within the proper mood.

Finally, the art of a warrior is to balance the terror of being man and the wonder of being one. 

 
Published 11 July 2009
Pasig City, PHILIPPINES
 

 

Some famous (and infamous) modern day “warriors”

 

 Winston Churchill of England

 

 

 

 Mao Tse Tung of China

 

 

 

 Douglas MacArthur of USA 

 

 

 

 Indira Gandhi of India 

 

 

 

 Nikita Chrushchev of Russia 

 

 

 

 Charles de Gaulle of France 

 

 

 

 Margaret Thatcher of England

 

 

 

 Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore

 

 

 

 Fidel Castro of Cuba

 

 

 

 Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines

 

 

 

 Juan Peron of Argentina

 

 

 

 

Mohamad Mahathir of Malaysia

 

 

 

 

Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan 

 

 

 

 Chiang Kai-shek (or Chang Kai Shek) of Taiwan 

 

 

 

 George Walker Bush of USA

 

 

 

 

Ho Chi Minh of Vietnam

 

 

 

 Silvio Berlusconi of Italy

 

 

 

 Dwight Eisenhower of USA

 

 

 

 Fidel Ramos of the Philippines

 

 

 

 Tony Blair of England

 

 

 

 Saddam Hussein of Iraq

 

 

 

 Hideki Tojo of Japan

 

 

 

 Park Chung-hee of South Korea

 

 

 

 Juan Ponce Enrile of the Philippines

 

 

 

Kim Jong Il of North Korea

 

 

 

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