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Everywhere you look, there seems to be something trying to get you; but what conveniently eludes us is the fact that the reverse is also the case. There are theories and theories…I once heard a story that gave me chills for weeks because of the realization it brought…everything is trying to eat you…and vice versa. While humans were the last to meet this setup, we have been able to create the monsters to cause chaos and then imagine Heroes to save us…we are yet to understand why we are here and what we are doing. To understand this acronym, we must first understand the inspiration

By Definition, WAR is…

a state of armed conflict between counties or different groups within a country

a state of competition or hostility between different people or groups…or yourself

a sustained campaign against an undesirable situation or activity…or yourself

Maybe that is the reason why institutions use the carrot and stick approach while others intend to scare you straight with metaphoric literature like the one below

“The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. (10)Finally, my brethren, be strong in the lord, and in the power of his might. (11) Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (13) Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand”

LITERALLY: this is not impossible; after all, the technology currently exist to herald the “second coming of Christ”. However, this may limit your understanding and hinder the eventual application of this advice.

FIGURATIVELY: No matter how many interpretations, the meaning stays the same. You can imagine dragons, other worldly interdimensional beings and all types of fairy tale creatures falling from the sky to demons coming out of the earths core – oh-ho same difference. How then can we ensure that going through the journey, in this life, where nothing is guaranteed?

This post seeks not only as enlightenment on war in the literal & figurative sense but acronymically as well; in this context, standing for Wisdom | Armament | Rank – the essentials required to fight the actual war from the monsters we create.

WISDOM

Wisdom, sapience, or sagacity is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight. There is a story in the Bible that speaks of Solomon, a young man who, after God offered him anything his heart desired, he requested wisdom. The illustrations of his wisdom has been admired and used as examples in different stories. However, this wisdom involved trickery and manipulation- does this therefore mean that to be wise, you must have the ability to manipulate people even if it is for their own good? That is a discussion for another post.

One thing is for certain though, wisdom is a prerequisite to surviving and thriving in this world even though the definition has been warped over the centuries to imply different stages of civilization or “woke-ness”. Outsmarting everyone else is the order of the day. so how do you protect yourself from being outsmarted – the answer will lie in the institutions you ascribe to, your indigenous affiliations and possibly heritage.

ARMAMENT

By definition, the aggregate of a nation’s military strength &/or the process of preparing for war. First in the lineup is protective gear.

Armor, also spelled armour, is protective apparel with the ability to deflect or absorb the impact of projectiles or other weapons that may be used against its wearer. JNHMK

Armor was and still is worn by combatants of all species living and otherwise. Mostly, we are more familiar with the Armor worn in warfare especially with the rise of terrorism; when the truth is, there are infinite layers of protection that make us begins, and even more that make us human. Until we reach our desired level of evolution, we will always develop new armor to protect ourselves from our & other things seeking to harm us.

(14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; (15) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (16) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. (17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (18) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching

And this is just one example of the countless opinions still relevant today that can be applied across board. If you read this piece of scripture and are waiting for physical or magical armor – like the ones in stories, that’s fine; but you may wait a long-long-long time for it to manifest if you are not so inclined or cannot make one for your self. There are other ways to understand and apply this in present day. Follow links below for more insight on the implications and applications in real-time

RANK

So many definitions of rank which when analyzed, boil down to the same basic principle. Depending on the context, every body/thing has their place.

Rank is the position in a Hierarchy or placement within a grading system.

Unrelatedly, rank can also be used as an adjective meaning offensively strong, especially in smell or taste, as in There’s a rank odor coming from the trash ca

So when someone says “we are not on the same level” the person is probably right. Your rank will determine the resources and respect required to protect yourself across board. It is therefore no wonder that people would usually go to great lengths to attain the highest ranking possible or available. This may also be the reason humans created different scales to measure existential worth. There is a reason it is called the ladder of success; you have the option of ascending or descending, but there are jump off points that determine your placement and available resources to keep you secure. Knowing and accepting your level is primary step in determining where you want to be and how to get there unscathed.

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THE 3-PRONGED APPROACH

The preparation for this reality involves protecting your most previous assets. Institutional; codes of conduct/SOP I remember a story I heard as a child about an experiment which involved putting different items in a jar so they all fit

If you take that story to mean different stages development, the boulders would represent our foundational thought, action/inactions and core character. While we may all be the same @ the atomic level, we develop differently; filling set molds according to present variables. We hear about breaking points, mid-life crises and people just snapping…forever only to attribute it to every other external factor under the sun except the primary cause.

SUBCONSCIOUSLY

Get your stones right. What are the foundational principles that form your subconscious? Babies are a blank canvas and another chance to get it right. As they grow, the surrounding variables feed the subconscious, sealing within, the character that will define the individual. Eventually, attitude become a ‘knee-jerk reaction’ based on the influences that nurtured said individuals. So define your stones and boulders; and arrange them in your best interest

CONSCIOUSLY

Get your sand right. what informs right from wrong; your decisions and actions? Following rules is one thing but to do the without understanding is another. We learn not to ask questions but follow the norm even though everything within you screams otherwise. Eventually, the inner voice is silenced, arising in its place, what we will describe as muscle memory or auto pilot. We start to follow the crowd and loose our individuality in an attempt to extinguish the pain that comes with “swimming upstream. Here we develop the masks that protect our true intentions to avoid judgement. As a consequence, we spend what is left of our lives, trying to fit in – staying in toxic environments for fear of the unknown. This is why institutions are important, because, you will have to fit in somewhere after giving up your freedom to create.

PHYSICALLY

Get your water right. What do you need to be secure and comfortable? This is when it becomes possible to manifest all that is within. Put in place the right structures to let all tangibles and luxury flow through; food, apparel, utilities, housing, community, etc. all fall in this category. What you need is usually determined by where you find yourself. As infants, this cannot be controlled. As adults, we are forced into choice, chance and/or change, creating the illusion of control. So, we either conform to the infrastructural system already instituted or get ostracized. Money answers all because it can buy what does not come naturally or cannot be developed.

You can never be too prepared!. Everything and anything can be a weapon or tool in your arsenal against whatever comes. There are signs everywhere – from those who have passed through hear and choose to leave something behind. Every knowledge can be applied; because it is evident you do not have to go looking for trouble for it to find you. Yesterday, the lightbulb was the peak of invention. Today, technology is far advanced than we care to admit…imagine what can be achieved tomorrow.


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