Steven Pressfield Blog
The yogis of Alexander’s India sat in silence, naked in the sun.
One of the things a writer realizes when she first becomes aware of her own Resistance—her internal, diabolical pull toward self-sabotage—is that it’s a dangerous world … not just “out there,” but “in here.”
“I have conquered the need to conquer the world” means “I have defeated the dark side of the Warrior Archetype within me.”
Some protest war. Others, like Telamon, embrace it even as they hate it.
Picking up from last week, the dream described in that post has helped a little. But I’m still being hammered by self-doubt about this new book.
In this episode, we’ll go beyond the virtuous Spartans and the preeminent Alexander to a figure more like our own conflicted selves–my recurring fictional character, Telamon of Arcadia.
When a “civilized” army like Alexander’s confronts a primitive tribal foe (as Alexander did in the Afghan kingdoms in the 330s B.C.), it often sinks to the level of brutality and pitilessness of its enemy.
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