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I accept that many are angry (and possibly raging) about various issues in the election. This is understandable. Just remember that following the Path of Fire has a price and you may burn things you did not intend to, including friendships. That “enemy” you are screaming about could be your friend, your friend’s mother or someone else dear to your friend. If you must follow that path, know the price and accept it.
Passion is very important and what motivates us. Anger and Rage are strong ones that tie to quintessential survival reactions. Sometimes, however, a little Distance and Reason are also important. The issue you see as crucial to your survival or that of your loved ones may not be as stark as you see it in the moment.
This was prompted by the following blog post:
More specifically, the reference to Running Amok and its history:
The Moros were the ones I first heard this about in reference the M1911 .45 semi-automatic pistol or “45” of American fame. Specifically referenced here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1911_pistol#Early_history_and_adaptations and more specifically this:
“American units fighting Moro guerrillas during the Philippine-American War using the then-standard Colt M1892 revolver, in .38 Long Colt, found it to be unsuitable for the rigors of jungle warfare, particularly in terms of stopping power, as the Moros had very high battle morale and frequently used drugs to inhibit the sensation of pain. The U.S. Army briefly reverted to using the M1873 single-action revolver in .45 Colt caliber, which had been standard during the late 19th century; the heavier bullet was found to be more effective against charging tribesmen.“
People in a berserk rage can do tremendous harm by channelling fight/flight and adrenaline. Even in a lesser rage, they can do great harm. In this case, with the help of restricting bands to reduce bleeding, they withstood gunshots and charged and killed or wounded the shooter. THAT is the potential power of Fires Within. I grant you that they are more likely to have you end up without a partner and alone or up on assault charges than as a crazed killer but the point is that we DO play with fire more often than we want to admit.
Going back to my previous post, my overall point is that this sort of anger, trance and rage have always existed in the human condition. Denying history and biology is pointless. We need to confront and admit these things and not try to hide them in our basement until they violently escape and cause us and those we love harm.
I will note the Running Amok has a darker context than a Zulu warrior or Norse berserker in service to a king. At the very least, we need to have strong ties to things we care about to encourage us to avoid such extremes.
I am working on a much more detailed post but found this while I was reading news. So, until I can get that next part written, here is something to read:
Rage and Anger are fine and part of life. We NEED to respect them and work with them. They are part of our Fight/Flight response and can help keep us alive or even sane. Hatred is a different matter. I think it can become more of a seething poison.
If you wish to find a way to work with Rage, you need to find Love and a Home Base/Port to return to. Otherwise, you will be adrift.
As you read this, think about something slightly different. Rather than these pathetic wretches who deserve no glory or honor for their flawed and weak expression of “Running Amok”, think of the men and women around you who have maintained their “Gleipnir” on their inner Fenris. The desperate destruction in them remains chained and they do no harm. Honor this struggle and these people. Support them in whatever way you can.
Dishonor, Disdain and Disrespect these Wretches. They are not worthy of memory.
Fight the Good Fight inside yourself and make sure you WIN!
I have received several articles I found of interest relating to the berserks which I am listing here:
I also recommend this book: