Quiet, gentle and easily imposed upon; submissive; soft
I finished an email out the other day with the quote “the earth will inherit the meek.”
I can’t remember where I first saw that spin on the famous quote by Kanye West. (Just kidding, it was that pesky Nazarite who gave the Romans so much trouble)
I was referring to the idea of temporal power, and the idea that among the Four Pillars of the Power Aesthetic, it represents a great deal more than just “money.”
I often deal with people who seem to not understand this, asking (usually, more like, “demanding in a petulant and disrespectful tone”) why I put such a heavy emphasis on “money.”
I could write a whole book on the type of people who always send this kind of shit- usually they fall only into the categories of “intensely jealous of others success” or “dumb as a bag of particularly dumb hammers.”
However, for those of you who are struggling with, confused about, or just interested in the idea and are at least marginally smarter than aforementioned low-IQ percussive instruments:
Temporal power is about wordly strength in general.
I chose the term “Temporal” because it has the meaning of being related to time rather than eternity.
In other words, if spiritual power and energy comes from contemplation of, and being focused on the divine, and the eternal, worldly power comes from…everything else.
The term worldly is used to indicate someone with a great deal of experience, someone widely traveled or much accomplished- it is the sum of an individual’s deeds and leverage in this current reality, this time frame, this world.
It is my belief that those who are in a state of developing power in the other areas, that is, Physical, Mental, and Spiritual, who are doing so in a correct fashion, will naturally begin to develop their Temporal power sometimes almost as a side effect of the increase of the others, and that this increase can and should be fostered and encouraged.
For example, when the body is healthy and strong, the mentality is correct, the mind is focused, and the spiritual development has given us greater reins over our emotions and passions- good things happen in our lives because we are primed to see them, to know them, and to take advantage of the opportunities we come across.
Our network increases by nature of the lifestyle we are living- we meet people as a byproduct of our endeavors, and as individuals pursuing positive ends, we attract others who are on the same road, and prosper together by nature of the relationship.
Our grasp on artistry and craft grows as we apply ourselves to the task of becoming complete human beings- whether we are writing, or painting, or playing an instrument, or seeking to comprehend the heavenly mysteries- these are all increases in our temporal might.
Money, too, becomes a byproduct of the life we live rather than a consuming and enslaving pursuit.
We do what we enjoy, and we make that pay us- in this way, we find that wealth becomes something that comes to us through doing what we desire regardless of reward.
Our work is neither tedium nor the proverbial “grind,” but an avenue to learn, and find pleasure in the doing itself- and we become, in this way, truly “free men.”
Also- we are resourceful, we are hardened through a life given over to the principles of struggle as a challenge, as a joy, and so we can easily “do without”- in this way, wealth and money itself has no leverage over us…
The meaning we extract from life is not bound up by comfort nor extravagance- although we are familiar with those avenues, we can just as likely find our truth meditating in a hut by a river as we can in a high rise.
Wealth is something that we can decide upon for ourselves to have, or to not have, as we see fit- our power increases to a place where the “why” of living has become so strong that the “how” can become inconsequential for years at a time.
Because we are not “soft.”
Because we are not “submissive,” nor “easily imposed upon,” we can have what we like from this temporal reality.
Because our hearts are focused on the eternal, the temporal becomes simple, easy- we can produce thousands of dollars on command, or go days without eating, and both are just as surely a testament to our growth and power over this time, this world, this reality.
Ask yourself the question: “is it better to be poor or rich?”
If the first thing you think of is money, try again.
To be poor is to be powerless, and to be rich is to have power. Money is only one of the avenues to power, temporally, but no matter how much a man has, there will always be something he cannot afford.
“Being wealthy isn’t just a question of having lots of money.
It’s a question of what we want.
Wealth isn’t an absolute, it’s relative to desire.
Every time we seek something that we can’t afford, we can be counted as poor, however much money we may actually have.”
So- in order to know whether or not we are truly wealthy, we have to know what we want.
If we have what we want, we are wealthy. There is no “sum” attached to this, because money in and of itself is never the goal, only an energy source to power our temporal plans.
How much is enough?
When we can, honestly, answer the question of whether we do not have because we truly do not want, or need, or whether we do not have because we cannot attain.
Many revile money or wealth in the same way the inferior man reviles muscle or beauty.
The strength or beauty of another reveals his ugliness or weakness in a sharp contrast, and, unable to bear the comparison, he lashes out at those who possess it- this is truly the mark of the wretched:
The compulsion to tear down another rather than to build up the self, and from there, to build up others.
If we cannot, through our current powers, obtain temporal wealth as we would obtain sticks from the forest for a fire to warm ourselves- we have some work to do.
Power here on this earth can be seen in the ease with which an individual discharges a certain task or challenge.
For some, to lift a certain weight is so difficult they cannot do so- it is simply too much. They will need to gain in the skill of physical strength in order to move it.
For others, who have developed the skill, the weight feels light- it feels so easy they could lift it a dozen times with a smile, effortlessly- because of the effort that they have already put into the development of this skill, it is now something they can accomplish nearly without thinking.
And this is perhaps the ultimate point of this brief piece:
You will know when you have attained a great deal of Temporal strength, and are strong in the other Pillars as well, when things that once felt like crushing challenges and heavy weights are now things you can do easily.
When the wealth that was once elusive becomes an afterthought rather than a consuming drive or painful need, and the mind is now free to wander the labyrinths of the eternal- one can count himself liberated from the gears of the temporal.
How to set out on the road to Temporal might?
I’m glad you asked. Here’s a few pointers that have helped me:
1) Cultivate the other aspects first. With the mind distracted, the body in a state of wreckage, and the spirit and emotions running rampant, one is unlikely to attain much else of value.
2) As you grow your experience, beware of forcing connections between the things you enjoy doing and the capital value they have. This concept is in direct opposition to some things that even I have said in the past regarding determining your income source…
What I mean by this is a needed clarification:
I recommend maintaining most of your pleasures as “commodity free” zones- that is, do not think about the study or learning of something based merely on its ability to make capital– this is the mindset of a drone.
Pursue things that have value outside of commodification for their own sake. Learning an instrument, for example, or studying language, or training a martial art is valuable for many reasons, and will certainly translate and transfer over to all other endeavors.
3) Having said “2,” above, begin to make connections between things you are naturally good at and enjoy with possible avenues to easily grow capital.
For example, if you are naturally highly organized and work well with people, you might find that something in the field of operations might suit you, which could lead down the line to codifying your methods of structuring and organizing in whatever field you like, writing a book, and consulting with corporate entities.
In this way, you’ve taken something you had an aptitude for, and enjoy, and built it into something you can do on your own terms- presenting your hard-earned methods in exchange for whatever capital you’ve decided you need…
Another example could be one of your enjoyed skill sets that you don’t mind commodifying-
You could be an artist who takes commissions. You could also teach art, or make master classes on calligraphy. Perhaps you work in art curation or sales, or do brand consultation and design business logos, all the while still enjoying and practicing your various artistry for pleasure and self-improvement.
4) Learn what it is that you really want out of life.
Take the time to deeply contemplate and experience this. In line with the Rousseau quote above- wealth is relative to desire.
If what we truly want to do with our lives is be a motorcycle nomad, the financial requirement to do that is much different than deciding we want to go to outer space.
I’ve met Orthodox monks who seemed very happy with what they had in life, mainly removed from society, and involved in their practice of iconography- a skill they could certainly commodify and profit greatly from.
I’ve met super-rich individuals who seemed to never be able to make enough, have enough luxury or enough liquor or blow to drown out the persistent realization of misery.
It’s not about what you have- it’s about what you want. Another great Rousseau quote goes something like, “the money you have gives you freedom, the money you are pursuing makes you a slave.”
Often, simply living within our means, until they organically grow as a byproduct of doing excellent work and enjoying it can be a life to be proud of.
But the title of this piece wasn’t really meant for people content to sit around meekly and wait for things to come to them- that isn’t what the Power Aesthetic is about.
There is a certain edge required, and a certain spirit of conquest that those impoverished souls who cannot see the invisible value of wealth-making and land-taking as a manly and enjoyable pursuit much like playing a board game will never have.
If you watch a good card player, you can see there is a sharpness of focus there, of evaluating the game, the other players at it, and a joy in playing the game well that is very much akin to what we are discussing here.
Some have it. Some don’t.
But you can develop it, as long as you don’t fall into the trap of the meek, or the sore loser:
“I didn’t want it anyways.”
Well, then, you can submit to a life of feebly attempting to squeeze water from stone, and softly accepting whatever your current lot is in life…
Forever at the mercy, the whim, or the generosity of more powerful men.
For the rest of us- let’s move forward, and help each other out.
Everyone, to some degree, unless they are completely a ward of the state, has to make money, a living, support their family, or themselves.
The questions that leaves us with is: in what way do we want to do that?
Ok, now how?
Now go get it.