Maxim 10: Formidability is not infalliblity.

“I look formidable.”
~ Vin Diesel

For all the greatness, strength and capability that we human beings possess, it is but a sliver of humanity’s potential realized in that glorious moment of time. Yet, like the ripening of fruits culminating in its prime sweetness , nothing lasts forever.

A wise Roman philosopher-king called Marcus Aurelius once said that time is a like river, with that moment in time passing and then just as easily swept away by a new passing moment, never to return again.

Its the same with anything in life. Hence, we must be down to earth to realize that we must appreciate what we do have while prolonging it as sustainable as possible.

“The bigger they are the harder they fall.”
~ Joe Walcott

On this topic, there are many aspects of formidability to view from.

One of which is the appearance of being formidable, in that nothing is as formidable as we perceive it to be as everything has a weakness.

Another aspect is that formidability is sometimes confused with invulnerability and infuses ourselves with confidence undeserving of our aptitude. Of those full of themselves, they create the beginning of their end in that overconfidence is but a slow and insidious killer, to those who understand the reference.

Oppositely, the perception of formidability is another weapon of the mind to conjure to dissuade rivals while presenting ourselves in a good light.

Regardless, formidability has its creativity uses in the hands of a master.

Maxim 6: Everything has a beginning and end.

For all the greatness that humanity can do, that doesn’t mean that very greatness would indeed last forever. Only time and eternity are companions of forever.

This poem best expresses this notion..

Horace Smith’s “Ozymandias”

In Egypt’s sandy silence, all alone,
Stands a gigantic Leg, which far off throws
The only shadow that the Desert knows:—
“I am great OZYMANDIAS,” saith the stone,
“The King of Kings; this mighty City shows
“The wonders of my hand.”— The City’s gone,—
Nought but the Leg remaining to disclose
The site of this forgotten Babylon.

We wonder,—and some Hunter may express
Wonder like ours, when thro’ the wilderness
Where London stood, holding the Wolf in chace,
He meets some fragment huge, and stops to guess
What powerful but unrecorded race
Once dwelt in that annihilated place

History has shown time and time again the rise and fall of human civilizations long past  from their dawn, their peak in their golden age and the embers of their fire in its twilight.

This then teaches us an important lesson. That nothing lasts forever. As such, we must cherish and use the good of what we do have now especially while it lasts. Besides, the second best thing we can hope for is to preserve or prolong that which we want to last. One example is the warmth and vitality of youth as even that energy will diminish over the passage of time.

Some ways to immortalize or at least preserve that which we hold dear is through mediums. One of my motivations of writing this is to preserve the knowledge, experience and wisdom acquired over the years for not only my referral and sharing with the world, but to ensure I leave behind a legacy, no matter what it might be. At least then, I will have something that will mark my passing into the unknown beyond, by which people will remember me and gain an understanding of what I have gone through.

“A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”
~ Max Planck

Nevertheless, I digress that falls and ends are bad. Rather, they are merely what they are. As such, it is up to us to see the good or bad of everything including ends. While ends are sometimes seen as something bad, ends actually precipitate new beginnings that promises unknown glories and achievements of events and people yet to come.

Besides, endings are found in the conclusions of books, movies and more. Similarly applicable for them and for life itself, without an end, everything becomes stagnant and prevents renewal as the status quo remains undisputed. It is like what Max Planck attempts to carry across through his quote. While the context of it differs, the essence remains understandable in what I’m attempting to convey.

To aptly end this, I leave here a quote by Senaca..

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
~ Seneca