Sunday, July 21, 2013

Dark Clouds To Serendipity / Movie Night: 300



Movie clip:  300



We live in the mountains in the upper right quadrant.

The upper blue dot is our old bike route at Stampede Reservoir 
(about 45 minutes from home).

Our new bike route is from the lower right blue dot to the lower left blue dot...
and back (Boca Reservoir about 30 minutes from home).

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Alex, and I, left home for our normal Saturday 
long mountain bike ride at Stampede Reservoir.

Although it was a bit cloudy in Reno...
we loaded up the bikes...
and headed off into the Sierra Nevadas.

Upon arriving at Stampede Reservoir...
there were dark clouds over head...
the roads were wet from recent rains...
and although the clouds were in retreat...
the danger of lightning strikes in the mountains
was too much of a risk to go riding.

Alex was a little disappointed...
but he understood.

He knows me...
"Safety First" is our motto.

Although I take calculated risks in life...
I do not take unnecessary risks with my family.

As we were heading back toward home...
I noticed a road I had not taken before as we were passing
Boca Reservoir.

Although we could not ride on that day...
we could at least scout a new bike route in the minivan.

I never would have thought that out of the initial dark clouds...
there would arise the greatest mountain bike route we have ever seen.

Just a mile or so beyond the Boca Reservoir dam...
the paved road had ended...
and our adventure had begun.

Alex, and I, got excited at the prospect of an even better bike route
than Stampede Reservoir's unfolding before us.

Even though it was unpaved...
it was wide...
and hard packed.

It was a dirt and gravel road connecting Boca Reservoir and Prosser Creek Reservoir...
which was approximately 5 miles away.

As we were driving along...
I was assessing the rates and lengths of inclines and declines...
road quality...
as well as amounts of shade along the way.

Everything was rather excellent...
however, what had amazed us most, was the superb quality of the views.

It started out as forested shade...
 opened up to large sprawling meadows with tremendous views
 of distant mountain peaks...
and ended with elevated views of a river...
and finally of Prosser Creek Reservoir.

The road itself is little used.
Very few people go to Prosser Reservoir...
and fewer still, use the road from Boca to Prosser
(during the whole of our scouting...
we had just seen one group of 4 mountain bikers...
and one 4 wheeler going to Prosser Reservoir).

It had the right mixture of gentle inclines and declines...
and plenty of flat areas to really stretch our legs out.

From darkness and rain
with the threat of lightning strikes...
to Serendipity.

We hope to have a beautiful ride next Saturday
on our new mountain bike route
(I will have plenty of pictures of it next week).

I don't think I will find a better route for our mainstay Saturday bike rides...
although, I am still looking for a good Autumn bike route...
one filled with Aspen trees for the luminescent yellow Autumn colors.


Afterwards...
we went to our Saturday Cafe...
where Alex had his standard Grilled Salmon...
and I had Steak and Eggs.

We got home...
 feeling not defeat for having not gone on our customary Saturday ride...
but feeling elated at the finding of a great new route for future rides.

We unloaded the bikes...
and prepared for another great movie to watch together.

As always...
I choose movies from which I may extract lessons in life...
for Alex.

I came across one on cable which was on my list of movies 
which all young men should watch...
300.


While some may unthinkingly label this as an undesirable movie
for a child to watch...one which is violent (as if all violence were wrong)...
one of the lessons I wish for Alex to know deep in his heart is:

There are but two types of violence...
Justified...
and Unjustified.

The necessary and justified violence of the Asserter...
against the unnecessary and unjustified violence of the Aggressor.

King Leonidas was faced with an unprovoked aggressor 
from outside of Sparta...
and betrayal from within Sparta
(self serving politicians... 
and a holdover mystic theocracy in an age of reason...
 led by false prophets looking for personal profits).

King Leonidas chose...
freedom and honor...
over enslavement and dishonor...
not only for himself...
but for all the future generations of his people.

The only tools at his disposal...
justified violence...
bravery, honor, a strength of will...
and intelligence.

This movie was loosely based on an actual battle in 480 B.C...
the battle of Thermopylae...
 in which a handful of Spartans...
providing a rear guard action...
held off a massive Persian invasion force...
 long enough for the Greeks to prepare their forces.

Alex's main lessons of this night?

That there are three basic types of people:

The Good - The Asserters

The Evil - The Aggressors

The Opportunists / Indifferent - The Fence Sitters.


That while methods and means may change through time...
human nature never does.


That the good must always be prepared to defend themselves
from those of whom are of evil...
and they must always be aware of the opportunists...
the ones who strategically position themselves ahead of time...
to take advantage of the outcome of any action...
and who will readily betray to reap their profit
(they usually seek group political power).


That the warrior must have the will...and the way.

The will is his...
Commitment...
and Honor.

The way is developed through his Intelligence.

He must learn to truly...
Listen...
Observe...
to consider all Possibilities...
to Prioritize and Act by highest Probability...
and to Plan contingencies for the lesser probabilities.

It is in the ability to predict outcomes...
that most of the problems in life may be greatly mitigated...
nullified...or even prevented.

This is the essence of problem solving in life.


Why speak of life as potential battles...
especially nowadays?

Because it is only a warrior of good...
who listens, observes, and learns from all around him...
who examines life...the good and the bad...
who relishes the good...and prepares for the bad...
who can live with his eyes wide open...
and only because he is prepared...
 may he live without fear...
with a free and open heart.


It is through Alex's physical training and fighting spirit 
that he will be able to live without fear...
to protect from aggression...
all of which he holds dear...
and all of whom he loves.

It is the duty and honor of being a Physical Warrior.


Why?

To do otherwise...
 is to pin all hope on evil never visiting you...
and forcing all who depend on you...
to have the same blind faith.



It is through Alex's examination of life...
and especially through his applied intelligence and accumulated efforts...
that he will be able to build a life filled with passion, beauty, and love...
that he will be able to reap the great rewards 
of being an Intellectual Warrior.

Why?

To do otherwise...
 is to merely exist.

As the old saying goes:

We all must die...
how many of us truly live?



2 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see pictures of your new bike route!

    I had never heard of 300... sounds like a very worthwhile movie.

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  2. The pictures should prove to be very interesting to see. The sights there were magnificent.

    300 is a very good movie. I am sure you will like it if you like the video on this post.

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