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Cowardice

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cowardice "The coward lives in constant terror of space. When the coward is alone in the forest and doesn't hear a sound, he thinks there is a ghost lurking somewhere. In the silence he begins to bring up all kinds of monsters and demons in his mind. The Coward is afraid of darkness because he can't hear anything. cowardice is turning the unconditional into a situation of fear by inventing reference points, or conditions, of all kinds."
(see "The Setting Sun Vision" "The challenge of warriorship is to step out of the cocoon, to step out into space, by being brave and at the same time gentle.

You can expose your wounds and flesh, your sore points." "If you succeed in encasing yourself completely, you may feel secure but you will also feel terribly lonely. This is not the loneliness of the warrior but the loneliness of the coward-the loneliness of being trapped in the cocoon, cut off from basic human affection. You don't know how to take off your suit of armor. You have no idea how to conduct yourself without the reference point of your own security. The challenge of warriorship is to step out of the cocoon, to step out into space, by being brave and at the same time gentle."

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