Since the dawn of my current life, I’ve had the conviction that we are becoming weaker for every generation that surfaces the Earth. I believe that conviction holds to this day. Everything what “modern” life means weaken us. The modern life means a more “comfortable” lifestyle. We are protected from the shaping of exterior environment. We don’t usually travel by foot anymore. Most of us spend the day sitting or are at least pretty much physically inactive. We eat and drink far less nutricious foods than the ones before us. We are exposed for a vast spectrum of chemicals and radiation and unnatural ideas propagated through elite controlled mass media. If that wasn’t enough, artificially generated mass immigration, weakens us by the very numbers.
Imagine meeting a man of the 8th century, or even an early 1900s man. You wouldn’t stand a chance in harshness, let alone in a fight. I highly doubt there is anyone left who would survive a bear attack AND crawl the 200 miles (320 km) back like Hugh Glass did in 1823.
Today most can be compared to the monks of Lindisfarne in the year of 793, or as the peaceful group The Hound in the Game of Thrones series ended up in in the last season.
Or just think of this; the sucess of the Icelandic soccer team in the European Championship lead worlds’ media to visit the wonder on the island. They visited and interviewed the Icelandic people, watched training and so on. Once the assistant head coach Heimir Hallgrimsson brought up a concern for the future though. He told us that when he was young, they played outside, no matter the weather conditions, and that this shaped them into hardness. Today, they have got all these nice and warm indoor halls, and he wondered what this could mean for the coming generation… Are they weakened..? Oh yes, they, we, are.
One more comparison; the indoor cat and the tiger.
We think we are good loving people of ever “higher” standards and consciousness, and that this is strength and what will protect and guide us when meeting obstacles and threats. Yeah right…
Humans are ascending in consciousness though. That is the positive side of for example social media. Never before we’ve had this opportunity to share information. Thanks to this we are for instance “waking up” to the rigged game of the elite. You know what I mean; Wikileaks, Snowden and other sources from big banks, big pharma, big food and so on, has provided us with so much, and through the platforms of social media everone is able to get this information. But as always, no positive without the negative. This side of it is very strong. Rarely I see any parent really present with their children. And I meet a lot of families daily, not to say what everone can see just roaming the streets… All there is, seems to be in the hands, the cell or pad. It’s really really sad. Over and over, the child seeks the parents’ attention, until one day, he or she gives up. Do they, the adult that should guide their child through life, really think they will have a great relation onwards!? Fuckers!
We need to take responsibility! Responsibility for the sake of personal health, for the sake of our offspring, for the sake of our people, culture and identity, for the honor of us and our ancestors which layed out EVERYTHING we are and enjoy today. We really need to shape up, if we ever want to sustainably evolve, if we ever want to pass on a better Earth and if we ever want to pass on a heritage to speak of to our descendants. This has always, and still remains, the responsibility of the ones alive.
A good starting point for us in the North, or of this heritage, is to reclaim the Nine Noble Virtues. These were the guiding commandments, the moral code of conduct, of the Pagans, hat is, us, up until the adoption of the invading Christianity. They are gleaned from the ancient Germanic sources of the Poetic Edda, the Icelandic sagas and Germanic folklore.
NINE NOBLE VIRTUES
The word courage derives from the Latin word for heart. It comes naturally first. Without it one can not live up to ones own code of honor and ethics. It takes courage to live according to your beliefs, despite what others may think, say or do to you. In this politically correct society, it takes a lot of courage to speak your truth. Just a small example; only because everyone else is handing an Ipad to their 2-year old, or serving jam on the on the oatmeal for them, doesn’t mean I do it. No fucking way! Instead, I might sit down and sketch something with my children, instead I serve them plain berries..!
It applies to all aspects of life, not only to that fearless Viking going in for battle. Stand your ground!
Lying is not the way of the true Warrior. It’s an act of cowardice. You should only speak the truth, and what you personally know to be true, both to others, but even more important, be true to yourself. If you don’t know it’s true, or if it is false, shut the fuck up! And realize, it is your truth that matters for you. Others may have their own truths. Respect and leave it at that. Doesn’t matter.
But, sometimes lying IS the right way. Nothing is black and white. You might be lyed to yourself, and in this case, lying back could mean it is the way forward. The true Warrior understands this, and have to evaluate any action coming from pure intention.
The truth can sometimes hurt. For instance you could hurt the feelings of your partner or brother, and it might be hard for you too. Regardless, speak the truth. You are not doing him or her, or YOUSELF, any favor, when lying.
Truth fosters Courage. Courage fosters Truth.
This one is the is the hardest to point at. You have this personal thinking of your own internal honor. Do you stand up for everything that you are? Do you take full responsibility for all your deeds? Are you actually leading your life accordingly? Nevertheless, it bowls down to what OTHER people think of you. Do your kinsmen think you are trustworthy and competent? Do they come to you for advice, without doublechecking it? Are you a valuable member of your tribe, and how high is that value?
Lacking in honor, and that is for your kinsmen to decide, affects the honor of the whole tribe, and every member of your tribe, negatively for sure. Your deeds will, hopefully, be remembered long after your death. Make them count!
Simply means being faithful. Faithful and loyal to one self and ones truth. Of course faithful and loyal to the gods, tribe, family and friends. The true Warrior will defend his gods, ancestors, tribe, family and friends no matter the consequences. It is non-negotiable and the Vikings lived by this. If a kinsman were murdered, he had to seek vengeance and make things right again. It was not a matter of revenge, just an obligation to the Virtue of Fidelity. A true Warrior is a true friend, and a to be a true friend, honor, loyalty and faithfulness is required. This goes absolutely for the friendship of the gods and ancestors as well.
An oath is the ultimate expression of Fidelity. Breaking an oath is seen as the worst of offence and could in the Elder Period mean death.
To be true to your ethics, principles, virtues and standards, you need self-disciplin. In doing so, you are leading by example and the honor of you, and your tribe, amplifies. To succeed, in whatever task, you are bound to have self-disciplin. To achieve Self Reliance, which is another Virtue, you need disciplin.
He who lives without discipline dies without honor.
This does not mean that you give away all your possesions to every beggar. The practice of the Virtue of Hospitality were present in almost every ancient society. It was both a necessity for survival and strengthened the bonds between people. This was practiced both with known kins and with strangers. The pilgrim, the trader or just a wanderer could knock on the door, be invited, handed dry clean clothes, food and drinks and offered shelter. Besides this custom, which secured the guest, and having the same offered to you when travelling yourself, they had this thought that it could as well be a god visiting, an Aesir or Vanir, in human disguise. The gods of Asatru are known to wander around Midgard…
The Virtue of Hospitality is a concept of sharing. Once the guest were provided, he or she was expected to sing songs, tell tales or news and perhaps hand the host some gifts.
Not only for survival, but also for the evolution, to make things happen at all, you need to push yourself. It is the willingness to work hard. Laziness has no place here, BUT, the Virtue of Industriousness also means to rest and feast intentionally. You need a vision, you need to work focused and hard to achieve it, and you also need appropriate rest to be able to push further next day. Tacitus was very confused when he met with the Germanic tribes; The ferociously, almost out of this world, violent and ravaging warriors, just lay there on the ground, resting in peace, eating and talking.
Having a vision and work towards it, achieving the goals, strengthens the mind (and often the body…) and brings contentment and joy, enhancing ones confidence and energy, which serves as a pretty nice foundation for next goal.
Independence and not being depended on others, is the Virtue of Self Reliance. It starts with yourself. You have to strengthen yourself, keep your “stuff” together, to make your family self reliant. It then stretches outward, making the tribe, clan and nation self reliant and independent. It’s the complete opposite of todays’ global corporatocrazy..!
To be self reliant and independent means freedom. Noone wants to be a thrall, yet today nearly everyone is.
The strife for complete freedom and not being dependent is the path of the true Warrior.
Self reliance brings sustainable, thriving and positive exchange between people and peoples. Know yourself, know your identity and destiny.
This is the ability to continue the work despite failure. Just recognize the failure, without judging. Even the most successful fails. It’s part of life. Evaluate, learn and get back at it. Don’t ever give up. Strive even higher! The one who persevere will succeed.
As you see, the Nine Noble Virtues are intertwined, linked with one another. I believe these Virtues served our ancestors well. They should for us too. They are for me. Although they are far far from mastered, I aim for it. The one which is pretty much outdated, is Hospitality, since we are not living in a society where we’ve got this custom. Instead, “we” burn thousands of cars, rapes and see a friendly gesture as a sign of weakness. Therefor, I am pretty much restrictive who I would let into my home, or my life.
Foot note: “true Warrior” means foremost the person who has vowed and continously strive to better himself, to master himself in all aspects, physically, the mind, energy and in spirit. and ultimately to reach true knowledge of all there is.