Ten thousand books on swordsmanship and strategy cannot replace the thousand daily cuts of the practitioner who is determined to master the riddle of steel.
Discipline, consistency, focus, determination.
Never mistake the difference!
A theorist is not a realist. The dark world does not preserve theorists.
THE GRINNING SKULLS OF THEORISTS DECORATE THRONES IN THE DARK WORLD.
This has been true of humanity since time immemorial.
This is the truth of the dark world.
Forget this and you will fail horribly and die.
The operator is cognizant of reality and of the difference between theory and practice. He follows the path of both of the warrior and the monk. He puts one foot in each realm.
Understand how important this is!
It is important to define and contrast these ways of the warrior and the monk.
Both are useful and both have their risks.
We will begin with the Monk.
The Monk is an extreme figure, just as the Warrior is extreme.
The monk secludes himself from the tumult and chaos of the dark world and finds calm and contemplation in a highly ordered and artificial existence...
The monk reaches heights of wisdom and advanced understanding.
There is wisdom and gentle, calming fulfillment in the path of the monk.
But this is only half of the Way.
You must grasp the importance of this.
The warrior throws himself into the roaring maelstrom of the dark world and finds strife and collision, danger and death, horror and joy, hate and love, passion and despair.
The Warrior is conscious and direct.
The warrior reaches the satisfaction of advanced achievement.
This is a deep satisfaction!
The practice of the warrior is repetitive cultivation. The scholarship of the warrior is the layering of the essential, over and over, on top of itself.
Now that we have examined the two paths of the Monk and the Warrior, let us talk about how they work together in the real world.
You cannot fixate on one, my lords.
The warrior pays the price of peace and calm, predictability and comfort. Love is passionately sought, but yet inevitably torn away and the sorrow of loss is savage.
And the warrior faces the risk of not theoretical but actual death, sudden and painful and permanent.
The answer from the Dark Triad Man is simple and yet profound.
TUMBLE AND TURN.
Know that this is a beloved feature of existence, and not a chastising exasperation.
Do you begin to understand?
The most profound understandings of discipline and nobility have always come from the warrior.
YOU MUST ENGAGE BOTH PATHS COMPLETELY.
There is no way around this.
Not if you seek completion as a human being,
And fulfillment in this life!
This is the outcome of survival and success in the dark world.
In your ascendance through cultivation and growth, through enlightenment and wisdom...
Thus the Dark Triad Man is a warrior-priest, a holy swordsman, a killer and lover and father and son. He is a brother to his own, and with sacred purpose.
You as the reader are responsible for your own experimentation, study and exploration.
Deferral of your death is not possible in the dark world.
Delegation of responsibility for your life is ridiculous in the dark world.
You own your life and you will die.
In the opening chapters of this book I spoke to you of danger and risk within this material.
I repeat that warning here:
THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR MERE THEORISTS.
Shelve it before you cause yourself harm.
Practice and performance of the training in this book will cause the death of your current self.
Your complacency must die. Sloth of heart must be put to death. They are your weaknesses.
This book of The Nine Laws is a grave and resonant communication of power, from my heart and voice and memory to you.
THIS IS THE ROAD TO JOY.