Steven Pressfield Blog
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.
Alexander’s Macedonians–and even the Spartans themselves–saw their virtue crumble as they achieved preeminence over others.
“What I have tried to do is follow the dictates of Necessity. This is the solitary god I revere and, in my opinion, the only god that exists. Man’s predicament is that he dwells at the intersection of Necessity and free will. What distinguishes statesmen, as Themistocles and Pericles, is their gift to perceive Necessity’s dictates in advance of others—as Themistocles saw that Athens must become a sea power and Pericles that naval supremacy prefigures empire. That course of individual or nation aligned with Necessity must prove irresistible.”
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