The Spoils of War

While I was on social media, I had various entrepreneurs and students from different parts of the world reach out to me and ask me how I became such a prolific writer, and that is perhaps the main reason why I wrote the previous blog post. If these individuals were generous enough with their time to read my blog out of all the different blogs and reading material that is out there in the world, then these individuals deserve a solid answer to their question. Thus, the previous blog post.

And I gave a real, legitimate, and truthful answer to their question. I am not in the business of bullshitting or lying to my readers or to the American public. There was a time when it was difficult for me to even muster up an essay for class in my teens and early twenties. Therefore, in order for a writer to be truly prolific and great, there has to be a supernatural energy or power that attaches itself to an artist and writer in order for the artist and writer to be truly prolific and great. Falling in love with a person is a conduit for an even greater love. As Rumi said:

“Love is the astrolabe of God’s mysteries.

A lover may be drawn to this love or that love,

But finally, he is drawn to the Sovereign of Love.

However much we describe and explain love,

When we fall in love we are ashamed of our words.

Explanation by the tongue makes most things clear,

But love unexplained is clearer.

When the pen came to the subject of love, it broke.

When the discourse reached the topic of love,

The pen split and the paper tore.

If intellect tries to explain it, intellect falls

Helpless as a donkey on a muddy trail;

Only Love itself can explain love and lovers!

The proof of the sun is the sun itself.

If you wish to see it, don’t turn away from it.”

Moreover, some of the greatest writers are both political and radical. And in turn, truly political and radical writers are not for sale. Their bodies have to be dragged back by force by a superpower not while they are alive, but after they are dead, as in the case of Rousseau. Moreover, death makes a truly political and radical writer even stronger. And as the French general Ferdinand Foch famously said: “The most dangerous weapon on earth is a human soul on fire.”

But there is also the issue of keeping the fire at the right temperature, according to a former Pakistani general who prosecuted the historic Soviet-Afghan War of the 1980’s. As a result, one’s inner fire is a tool that has to be used creatively and strategically for the achievement of a worthy goal, not the destruction of one’s adversaries and opponents. Plus, as one Afghan proverb says: “Better to have intelligent adversaries and enemies than to have foolish and stupid friends.”

In turn, teachers and writers are de facto leaders in their respective societies, and a leader becomes a leader by virtue of their ability to achieve goals. As Clausewitz said: “If the leader is filled with high ambition and if he pursues his aims with audacity and strength of will, he will reach them in spite of all obstacles.”

Plus, bystanders and naysayers are not the main obstacles to the achievement of one’s goals. One’s own self is the only thing that can make or break the achievement of one’s goals. No matter how thin-skinned a person can be at the start, time makes all the difference. And even if the deck is stacked against certain people by the system – and in my case, the deck is definitely stacked against me – it is even more enjoyable when you accomplish your goals in spite of the deck being stacked against you. Plus, there is no surprise that the deck is stacked against certain people. Nothing good comes easy, and no one will hand you anything easily. You have to take what is yours. And one is obliged to take what is for the taking, especially after all the effort and hard work over many years.

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