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the desire to be struck by disaster


the desire to be struck by disaster—to survive a plane crash, to lose everything in a fire, to plunge over a waterfall—which would put a kink in the smooth arc of your life, and forge it into something hardened and flexible and sharp, not just a stiff prefabricated beam that barely covers the gap between one end of your life and the other.

Not all chaos are the same.

From Carl G. Jung, there is the idea that unvoluntary disaster can bring people closer to the gates of hell.

While voluntarily putting yourself through chaos tends to do the opposite.

It brings you closer to God. And by God I mean greatness of your own Being.

Whether God exists or not, it matters little to the argument that putting yourself volunarily through pain and disaster can bring you to greatness.

We’ve had plenty of examples, from Mike Tyson adopting a zen like training for over 5 years and becoming world champion to David Goggins.

David came from an abusive household, dumb as a motherfucker because of lack of study and sleep during his early years and became the only person to go through 3 Hell Weeks in the span of a year.

We’ve also had Jordan Peterson introduce the concept of picking up a burden and carry it.

For it is in taking up pains in life that you forge character.

And if that means little to you.

It also forges strength.