In America we divide everything. If you’re sick, you go to a doctor. If you have mental distress you go to a psychiatrist. If you are seeking spiritual guidance. Take yourself to a priest. Why? Capitalism. If we separate them like Voltron everyone gets a cut. My other theory is that we are incredibly young and naive as nation and as a people.
My hero is and was Goku from dragon ball/Z/GT/Super. He pushed himself to become one of the greatest fighters in the universe. Everything was an opportunity to learn and grow. He faced dark challenges head on with a smile. If he lost. It was never a failure, but an opportunity to improve on an area of weakness. This really sparked something in my young mind. Because I grew up watching action movies with some hard edged tough guy characters. Here was this silly monkey boy learning martial arts from an old man who drank from the fountain of youth. Goku climbed mountains delivering milk. He would till farmers land for miles with his bare hands. He would run great distances. Goku lived in the woods. he hunted and fished for food. All to be the strongest and fastest he could be. 30 years later he still appeals to boys everywhere. He is not a genius but his mind is always seeking new ways to learn for his specific skill set.
As much as I loved the action in this show which got you hyped. His out look is what drew me to the character. In Z there is a character named Vegeta who in recent times has become a favorite in the show due to his character development. He is the Male action star in the west we all recognize. Brooding, angry, attitude problem. As much as I love Vegeta for being the cool edgy character that he is. The chip on his shoulder is what prevents him from making the same achievements as his competitor Goku. Vegeta trains out of vanity and pride. Where as Goku trains because he truly loves the thrill of a challenge. That makes a huge impact mentally when you’re doing something.
I have become obsessed with Nikola Tesla. He is one of the most brilliant and interesting human beings on the planet. He was 100 years ahead of his time. Like Einstein, today scientists are still trying to keep up with his genius. I have two books that are Autobiographies of his. I’m currently on the second book called “My Inventions.” This book is small but informative. One of the interesting things was that Nikola Tesla was struck with an illness leaving him bedridden. Reading as much as possible. Though he was stuck in bed his mind was transported into these fictional worlds. One main author he fancied happened to be Mark Twain. Who he later became friends with as an adult. Once he recovered he was told by his father to follow these hunters into the woods. His father felt a hike would be good for him. Of course he’s no hunter so he gathered a large supply of books for his journey.
This was a separate incident but he speaks on his health in his earlier life.
“From childhood I was compelled to concentrate attention upon myself. This caused me much suffering, but to my present view, it was a blessing in disguise for it has taught me to appreciate the inestimable value of introspection in the preservation of life, as well as a means of achievement. The pressure of occupation and the incessant stream of impressions pouring into our conscious through all the gateways of knowledge make modern existence hazardous in many ways. Most persons are so absorbed in contemplation of the outside world that they are wholly oblivious to what is passing on within themselves. The premature death of millions is primarily traceable to this cause. Even among those who exercise care, it is a common mistake to avoid imaginary, and ignore the real dangers. And what is true of an individual also applies, more or less, to people as a whole.”
He was 59 with 20/20 vision and had acute hearing and cat like reflexes. He gets his photographic memory from his father. He weighed 149 pounds his entire adult life and his body size hasn’t changed once up until this point. You could chalk it up to amazing genetics, but you must remember that someone as intellectually gifted as this man was had severe phobias that stems from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Which was the reason for his “measured mode of living.” There’s still a take away though.
“Now, my well-being is simply the result of a careful and measured mode of living and perhaps the most astonishing thing is that three times in my youth I was rendered by illness a hopeless physical wreck and given up by physicians. More than this, through ignorance and lightheartedness, I got all sorts of difficulties, dangers and scrapes from which I extricated myself as by enchantment. I was almost drowned, entombed, lost and frozen. I had hair-breadth escapes from mad dogs, hogs, and other wild animals. I passed through dreadful diseases and met with all kinds of odd mishaps and that I am whole and hearty today seems like a miracle. But as I recall these incidents to my mind I feel convinced that my preservation was not altogether accidental, but was the work of divine power.”
Nikola Tesla was so compelled to finish each and every project to such a degree he cared for his body so that his mind would remain in tact. This man is my hero. From his genius, to his work ethic, his philosophy, and spiritual beliefs. He is in my opinion the epitome of an evolved human being. After researching him. You can’t help but work harder at becoming your ideal self. He died penniless at the age of 96.
“The present is theirs; The future for which I worked is mine.”
according to Wikipedia, there are a minimum of 278 patents issued to Tesla in 26 countries that have been accounted for. The future for which he worked is truly his.
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