Master – Sensei – Ninja [Who Am I?]
This is part 4 of 4 of for the Big Summertime Storytelling I do this summer with Man of Steel, Wolverine, Pacific Rim and Elysium.
We are Godlike says Seth Godin. What Godlike Powers will I use in my future? What skills have I? What do have to learn, fail with and finally Master? Will I become Master – Sensei – Ninja?
I have spent the last year Respeccing my Talents. Just like you do in World of WarCarft. I have always figured that I was some form of visionary and philosopher. So I decided to respec my skills. It has been a very interesting journey so far. I have challenging myself to learn something new every day. From the beginning I didn’t know what to become or who I wanted to be. But the more I learned and blogged about, I was starting to connect the dots. My vision for the future was becoming clearer. So when I finally heard the 2 podcast episodes from London Real with the 2 Futurists Jason Silva and Melissa Sterry, I finally struck home. I too want to be some kind of Futurist. So when I went to embroider a T-Shirt to wear in Almedalen I had to come up with a title to call myself. Then Holistic Thinking Ninja just popped into my head. So what is that? Bear with me and find out below.
“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” — Wiseman, Sucker Punch
So I will now draw a full circle on these 3 words: Master – Sensei – Ninja. They fit into my reasoning in the story below about Wolverine, Wisdom from League of Legends and becoming Godlike [Kamiwaza] that Seth Godin speaks of. Read on.
“For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the sheltered will never know” — Wiseman, Sucker Punch
The Wolverine [SNKT]
How many of you are fans of the Comic Superhero Wolverine? And if you are, have you ever been standing in front of the mirror going SNKT while extending your hands? Yes? I have. I still do it from time to time 😉
So obviously I have been to the Movies watching The Wolverine. It’s not a great movie but it’s the best Wolverine movie we have to date and Hugh Jackman is just born to play Logan. Although he is not exactly as in the comic you can’t help falling in love with him. He’s the classic unwilling hero. Because he must. To bad the Ninjas don’t put up a fight. This could have been as cool as the comic it is based on from 1982 by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. Ninjas should be cooler than that.
Ninjas are Awesome!
So what could be done better with this movie? Check out ComicBookGirl19: 10 Things about The Wolverine! Like she says in nr. 10. What is the Moral of the Story? Yes. The Moral of this story as well as in all the other big movies summer is completely missing. Let’s Make Better Art!
The Ninja, The Samurai and The Beast [Learning and Mastery]
Wolverine is full of Ninjas, Samurais and one Beast. Although they are Japanese, they all have 3 Chinese inspired counterpart heroes in League Of Legends. The 3 matching champions that I try to master are Lee Sin, Master Yi and Wukong. They all come with their own wisdom to share on mastery.
“Master yourself, master the enemy.” — Lee Sin, Play
Well maybe Wukong isn’t a beast. But he has a close place in my heart. He is based on the old Sun Wukong, also known as the Monkey King who I was very fascinated with as a child. Because as it was one of the few animated films I saw that wasn’t Disney and it was full with wonder, magic and fighting. And awesome Chinese music. It still resonates within me today. It was one piece of Storytelling that captured my imagination. Who made me think that there is different kind of magic in the world if you let it.
Be Brave and Be Bold [Fly out on a Kamiwaza path]
The bravery of the Monkey King as he stands up against and challenge the gods draws some parallels the latest book by Seth Godin that I am “reading” [Listening] to right now: “The Icarus Deception“. In it he talks about the new connected networked society. And why we must become Artists. Art is what happens in the connection between people. There must be a receiver for there to be art.
Art is also when we do something that is our own. When we do something that is not safe and outside our safety zone. As Brené Brown so elegantly put it, when we become Vulnerable. It’s then the Magic happens. Creativity only happens when we are willing to put ourselves at the line. Don’t copy or follow others on their safe trodden path. What is the worst that can happen? Be willing to risk a little and carve out your own path. That is why we must also be bold. Don’t fly to low to the sea. Fly high! As we are in no way in any danger of coming to close to the sun as Icarus did.
As Wukong challenges the gods, he also displays Godlike skills and powers. We must also strive to be Godlike:
Myths are ancient truths about what we are capable of. Our gods are oh so human. The deities we create are allot like us at our best — Seth Godin
Superman. Thor. Moses. Athena. George Gershwin. Thomas Edison — they each represent part of what it is to be human; they are inside all of us. We know we are capable of this — to be that strong or that cool or that generous. To persevere and connect and contribute the way our gods can — that’s why we invented them, why we revere them, and why they resonate with us. We have them inside, every day.
And yet we have no perfect word for expressing godlike abilities. We don’t know how to talk about what it is to perform in a mythological way, to strip away the artifice and let the deity express itself.
And the Icarus Deception pushes us to avoid even thinking of it. it strikes deep into our psyche with a vivid warning about the dangers of hubris.
We’ve built a world where the only option is hubris, where the future belongs to anyone willing to act like the gods of our myths. Better coin a word for it.
The Japanese call it kamiwaza.
If the gods are us, then do we dare be as the gods are?
The Japanese term kamiwaza, like most great words for which we have no equivalent, is difficult to translate. The shortest version is “godlike.”
So when we strip away self-doubt and artifice, when we embrace initiative and art, we are left with kamiwaza. The purity of doing it properly but without self-consciousness. The runner who competes with kamiwaza is running with purity, running properly, running as the gods would run.
How dare we? How dare we presume to ignore Daedalus, to fly close to the sun, to apparently forego humility in a quest for something unattainable?
How can we not dare?
Hubris makes us godlike, and being godlike makes us human. — Seth Godin
We are the New Gods Now [So we might just get good at it]
Godlike or Kamiwaza is also a term used in League of Legends and DotA the original MOBA game. It’s a reward shouted out by the game when you have scored multiple kills in a row without being killed yourself. The reward is originated shouted out in the first Unreal Tournament game.
“We are aspiring amateur gods now” — Kevin Kelly
It’s like Jason Silva says in his London Real interview. We are the New Gods Now. We are the frontal lobes of the Universe. We are the Universe being aware of it self. And we are just at the beginning of our long journey through the Universe. So we might just become the Guardians of our own small blue and green spaceship travelling through our galaxy. So it’s not heresy to have hubris anymore. It is what we must do. But we must do it together with lots of Empathy like I discuss in my blog: The Way of Empathy [The Beast With 2 Hearts].
Seth Godin speaks like many others of this new Connected Economy. It’s good start on our path to walk on. All of us is smarter than any of us. We just need to guide each others so that we don’t walk into darkness and we need to challenge each others to do better. To do better Art!
My Hubris [Master – Sensei – Ninja]
I too must be Kamiwaza or Godlike in life. Here is what I will focus on. From Michael SillioN I took M-S-N and made it too Master – Sensei – Ninja.
“The only thing standing in your way is you
When you get into flow-state you dim the self critic in the brain” — Jason Silva
Master [A True Master is an Eternal Student]
You must master yourself. Master yourself and you master the challenge. A True Master is never fully learned. This is what Socrates said long ago and what John Lloyd says in his inspiring talk on the RSA: General Ignorance: It’s all about what you don’t know.
Admitting you know nothing is the only way to recognize you still have much to learn — John Lloyd
I will do my best to learn something new every day. To Challenge Myself and my Brain every day.
Sensei [Every Mistake is a Lesson]
I want to spread my findings to others. To share my thoughts on the future. We must learn from our mistakes and share the lessons. As we learn to embrace our vulnerability we are able to share our mistakes and iterate faster to successful innovation. This is a very hard thing to for us humans to do. But as Brené Brown, Seth Godin and Neil Gaiman puts it: It is both necessary and the only way the we can put forth our creativity and do True Art.
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” — Joseph Campbell
Ninja [Taking the Holistic Approach]
Taking the Holistic approach and sneak in my thoughts everywhere. I don’t want to stand still. I want to go boldly into the future with Collaboration, Sustainability, Transparency and Community in mind. To be a Holistic Thinking Ninja 🙂
Small teams of Ninjas can easily take on a much larger foe using teamwork and their abilities in a smart way — Ninja Innovation
Time to Ninja up!
My Futurist Path [Holistic Thinking Ninja]
As a Futurist and Holistic Thinking Ninja I want to do at least 4 things:
I want to create a Future-centre or a Future-Dojo. Preferable here in Varberg, Sweden, where I live with my children. A place where all ages can come and experiment with creativity and tech stuff. Things like 3D-printers and MaKey MaKey. People can build things in Minecraft together and then 3D print them. A place where we can watch inspiring talks from RSA and TED. And discuss them together. And watch Sci-Fi Storytelling together and then talk about what is possible and not. I talk more about my thoughts on Sci-Fi Storytelling in this Blog series: Summertime Storytelling
We could do exercises in Empathy to discuss the importance of Cooperation and Collaboration in the a future where food, water and recourses will be scars. A place where we create the future together. Every School should come visit as often as they could to experiment and talk about the future. A Future Temple where both Ninjas and Pirates are welcome 😉
2. Future Meet – Unconference [How should we create a sustainable society?]
I want to have a Future meet event. Like the best part of Almedalen where people come together in an Unconference type of way to discuss how we should Architect the Future together. Taking the Holistic Approach about how should we create a sustainable society together? Either as a standalone event and/or as recurring event on the Future-centre.
3. Futurist Visionary [Speaker and Teacher]
I want visit others as a Futurist. I want to share my thoughts on the Future. As an inspirational teacher [Sensei] and Public Speaker who teaches others how to inspire themselves. I want to meet kids in school and inspire them. Every school and workplace should have Futurist who comes to visit and inspire them for the Future. Who help them create Visions for their own.
4. Future and Science-Hacks
I want help create and organise Science Hacks, Future Hacks and Hackatons like Science Hack Day for aspiring designers, developers, scientists and other geeks. Just about anyone interested in designing the future together are welcome.
“Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone” — Jason Silva
See Jason Silva below
Lets make Future Together!
“So be wise, because the world needs more wisdom, and if you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise, and then just behave like they would.
And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.” — Neil Gaiman
@LordSillion [Michael Sillion]
Holistic Thinking Ninja
My Ninja Clan [Superhero Ninja Party]
In honor of me hitting level 40, I had Superhero Ninja Party this summer. We played “Superhero KUBB” where everyone got a special ability to use during the game. We should do this in more sports and games. As it is really empowering. Everyone also got the chance to dress up as hero, ninja or pirate of some kind. Then we designed our own personal special skills for the Future 🙂
I love this type of Party. So I will continue to develop the concept for the Future. Me and my Ninja Clan – My Extended Family.
“When the smoke clears and you get right down to it, only three things really matter: your faith, your fortitude, and your family. Good night” — Jim Profit