It’s been like impossible to get a good ounce of smoke in this town since this Trade Center shit went down says the Puerto Rican mayor elect of Gun Hill Road My connect is gonna hafta start submarinin my weed up the Bronx River he says and you can tell by the way no one is laughing out loud that it might be true because the corner is so thirsty pipe dreams now skip the raisin stage and dry up into piles of human excrement on the sidewalk…
MY.MANIFESTO serves as a tool to outline the philosophies and belief systems of the most prolific thinkers throughout history.
Our first in this series highlights Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, acclaimed author of The Book of Five Rings - a guide to his tactics, strategies, and philosophies on life. Musashi’s writings are recommended by business moguls and self help gurus worldwide.
The following passage, The Way of Walking Alone, was written a week before Musashi died in 1645. This personal manifesto expresses a stringent, honest, and ascetic view of life in 21 powerful principles.
Accept everything just the way it is.
Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
Be detached from desire your whole life.
Do not regret what you have done.
Never be jealous.
Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself nor others.
Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love.
Everyone has their memory about the moment they realized stories took place in neighborhoods like theirs, to people that looked and sounded like them. Before that moment, you are an outsider – non-existent almost, because neither tragedies nor comedies happen to people like you – a voyeur peeking into the place where the imagination plays. But after that moment you ascend into the company of those that are worthy of being dreamt about. It’s when you see yourself reflected in the books you love so much, it’s then that you are conjured into existence.
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