DOKKŌDŌ PRECEPT THREE
“Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.”
Note: this does not say to disregard your feelings as some stoics would argue. Rather, it distinctly says “a partial feeling.”
If you are not steadfast in your feelings on a matter, then you should take that as a sign that you are not ready to make a final decision, and should spend more time in reflection. Far too often, you are quick to action, when patience is called for.
But do not take that as permission to avoid action entirely. When you are confident in your feelings toward a course of action, take it! It is only through action that you can gain wisdom.
You must master the balance between feelings and logic.
Logic provides the action plan you can follow to free up your mind to contemplate new problems as they arise. But without feeling, you become a slave to your reason. Instead you must feel deep inside your bones, the reason for your course of action.
“If we have our own why in life, we shall get along with almost any how.” – Friedrich Nietzsche (Twilight of thee Idols)
It is not enough to know a why, you must feel it so deeply that no obstacle will cause you to abandon hope.
The “Dokkōdō” (Japanese: 獨行道) (“The Path of Aloneness”, “The Way to Go Forth Alone”, or “The Way of Walking Alone”), is a short work written by Miyamoto Musashi a week before he died in 1645.
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