One of the most common ideas found within Eastern traditions is the idea of balance. The Middle Way of Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism and the Confucian Doctrine of the Mean are two conspicuous examples. Although a lofty goal, this idea of spontaneous and adaptable balance was as rare in ancient times as it is today. The Analects of Confucius notes:
“The Master said, ‘The virtue embodied in the doctrine of the Mean is of the highest order. But is has long been rare among people.’”,Analects, 6:29
Rare indeed if one looks at the social and intellectual environment manifesting in contemporary times. Today one is pressured to choose sides on every issue.
No aspect of life can escape the microscope of the commodification of humanity; no room is left for a middle path. Terms such as “left”, “right”, and “fascist” are worn as badges of honor or scars of scorn, and used as weapons to dismantle the most basic ideas of communication and engagement of debate. The same attitude everywhere: Own a book by Julius Evola? You are a disgusting, radical, Right Wing Fascist. Vote Democratic? You are a liberal, Left Wing socialist. Own a gun? You must be an insane uneducated American. You are a “traditionalist”?? Perhaps there are no words to describe this danger, so must be squashed without mercy. On and on ad infinitum.
It seems no one can tolerate intellectual complexity and must force all individuals into tired and predictable categories of thought.
The individual who refuses to exist within sanitized homogenized outlines is perhaps the ultimate danger in modern times. Such an individual can read whatever he or she desires, socialize with anyone they find interesting, explore radical ideas and not worry about infantile accusations from the rabble of the day.
Despite receiving overwhelming support from men and women, a few people even consider the foundational ideas of our Phalanx project dangerous.
We know, of course, that, like “femininity” and “womanhood,” terms such as “masculinity” and “manhood” have become so degraded that to use them in any positive sense is seen as suspect to certain politicized individuals, who have little understanding of the higher manhood and higher womanhood of ancient and classical cultures.
Yet, now it appears that even the term “higher” and the idea of striving for self-improvement are questionable, and positively striving for a higher ideal of life is now considered dangerous.
These fears all reveal the depths in which the roots of the virus of modernity have taken hold. We at Phalanx do not see a life lived in perpetual submission to the status quo as one worth living. Nor do we see the striving for excellence or improvement as anathema!
A life infused with the numinous quality of the Soul is our idea of a higher path and higher ideal. This means not treading the path trod by those who go through life conforming to this or that! As stated inThe Book of Five Rings:
There is no one way to salvation, whatever the manner in which a person may proceed. All forms and variations are governed by the eternal intelligence of the Universe that enables a person to approach perfection. It may be in the arts of music and painting or it may be in commerce, law, or medicine. It may be in the study of war or the study of peace. Each is as important as any other. Spiritual enlightenment through religious meditation such as Zen or any other system is as viable and functional as any ‘Way.’ Certainly in the ‘Way’ of the sword or the fist. A person should study as they see fit.
The only constant in the expression of the Soul-infused life is the striving, the struggle for a higher ideal. Complacency breeds commodification and apathy.
Therefore we at Phalanx see the ideas of the cultivation of intelligence, a healthy mind and body, a sense of the numinous, and open communication between the sexes to be ideals which are dangerous to the status quo of myopic homogenization and standardization of the human spirit.
The light of the Soul shines equally upon all regardless of race, age, or gender; however we must be willing to break the stronghold of the ego in order to manifest this “Soul vision.” This is often a violent inner transformation, which is frightening to the modern mind obsessed either with a politically correct sanitized status quo or some other political movement that is against it, but, to join, demands a different conformity.
This transformation is a never ending process that connects all warriors on the path of self-actualization and Self-Realization.
Phalanx is not afraid to journey into the abyss of the Soul and return with ideas to inspire and enthuse to assist in clearing away the dross of the modern mindset of quantity over quality.
Phalanx was founded on this ideal of inspiration and enthusiasm for both men and women who are striving to break free from the commodification and classification of the modern mindset that separates and alienates in the name of “progress.”
Yet, the only truly powerful progress is the journey into the inner landscape of facing our fears and forging the spirit in the fire of the Soul, kindled by the unique relationships forged on the battleground of the modern world.
Phalanx isn’t for everyone. It isn’t for those who see the world and humanity through the warped lens of politics, trying, like hypocritical priests of a religion obsessed with the “sin” of others, to keep themselves ideologically pure. It’s an invitation to those courageous enough to think deeper, for those who want to face themselves, to discover their spirit in the great and joyous battle of life. Phalanx is for those who want to improve themselves — one day at a time — mind, body, and spirit. Join us on this dangerous journey.