In the poem "Inferno" from the book "The Divine Comedy" it tells the journey of Dante through Hell.
Hell is depicted as nine concentric circles of torment, located within the Earth. The journey through hell, represents the journey of the soul toward God, with the Inferno describing the recognition and rejection of sin.
'Abandon hope all ye who enter here'
This is the message inscribed on the gates of hell when Dante enters
Now, forgot all the religious mumbo jumbo and focus on the message.
You have to go through hell to get to heaven.
Now, when men begin the journey of self-mastery; abandon hope for others.
Hell is around you.
You cannot change others fate, only your own. As a man you must accept this and move forward.
Comments on the Journey:
- Starting the Path and Giving up
- Why Life lacks Meaning
- The Ending is met with a beginning
- The Sacrifices of Greatness
- The Individual .vs. The Collective
- Accept the Pain
- You're alone, till you're not:
Starting the path and Giving up:
- When you first start cold approach you will be rejected by many women , and say it's not worth it.
- When you first start going to the gym you will give yourself excuses not to go.
- When you first start learning a new skill you will say you're not good enough.
All these doubts......
Work is not easy. Do not hope it will be easy. You will only be let down.
For many who want to improve, however lack the energy; you break the chains.
You cannot move towards the path if you are chained down by bad habits.
Break bad habits by enforcing good ones. Do not punish yourself. Only steer back to the good.
To build good habits, start slow and build momentum. Momentum is key.
It is better to start then to have never have started at all.
Why Life lacks meaning:
it lacks meaning for you simply lack to give it one.
Many do not think for themselves. They allow others to determine the narrative of their life.
One needs to ask themselves the questions no one else does. This is how one can start to think for them self.
Life is a gift and you need to learn to make it one worth having. You have to give it value.
It does not matter what your peers or random men on the internet think.
Do what you want to do. It may not be easy, however nothing worthwhile usually is.
The Ending is met with a beginning:
Every goal you achieve will be met with a new beginning.
Death in itself is a process with a beginning and a end.
Let the ways of old fade and start up the mountain.
There will always be mountains to climb. However, This does not mean you shouldn't climb them.
The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man's heart.
Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night-filled mountain, in itself, forms a world.
\~ Albert Camus (Myth of Sisyphus)
The Sacrifices of Greatness:
in order for you to achieve greatness it will take sacrifice.
One will have to either sacrifice:
- Bad influences (whether it be friends, family or beliefs)
You get what you put in.
You have to invest in yourself.
No one else will, until you do.
The Individual .VS. The Collective:
Many will try to shame and belittle you.
That is their right, it is also you're right to prove them wrong.
Many people are in groups for their afraid to be alone. Most not all, (obviously).
You will have to go against the tide occasionally.
The best thing you can do is learn how to ride the waves.
Accept the Pain:
Pain is going to always be there, so do not act as if it's not.
Emotionally and physically you will meet trails.
Meet them with acceptance. not contempt.
Without pain the value of successes would be absent of worth.
Pain is the cost of greatness.
You're alone, till you're not:
Friends will come and go.
Pussy will come and go.
You will be alone for long periods of time.
You will find yourself looking out into the outskirts of the city seeing people mindlessly walk into stores. While the sun shines among the trees and the wind sings softly to the earth.
That is fine.
The road of greatness is the road less taken.
However, not be afraid to say hello to others when passing by.
“The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye, the story of love is hello and goodbye
...until we meet again”
― Jimi Hendrix
The journey through hell is what molds a man into what he's going to be the rest of his life.
You did not ask to be born, however you will be asked for an answer as to why.
“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”
― Bruce Lee