We don’t only owe our existence to those before us, to our ancestors that faced danger and survived. We owe our existence to a biological system that uses hardships and the battle to survive to keep us alive.
We can't deny the benefits of science but as they say "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing". There is growing research that shows we are killing ourselves with our cleverness.
The best self help books teach you how to turn the abstract concept of “success” into a practical program yet even the best ones, like “Think and Grow Rich,” aren’t able to keep most on task long enough to see results. This is why.
Bushido “The Way of the Warrior” teachers its followers to behave with a moral standard that is absolute. The Samurai would not waiver from doing “the right thing” and a lot of that resolve came from a rock solid knowledge of what “the right thing” was.
It’s no huge mystery as to what it takes to be “great” in any field of endeavor. Yet, to be brutally honest, not many of us are all we could be. So if we know what goes into being better, why aren’t we at a higher level of performance in more things?
A good life can only be realized in contrast. Let me explain how this also works for a good running life and how working “contrast” into our schedules is the only way to get the most out of the process.