“The problem with the human condition is that there is always an affective surplus & a cognitive deficit…. an orderly society is not necessarily good for human flourishing.”
— Tu Weiming, Philosopher at Peking University and Harvard.
My name is Nick Horton, The Iron Samurai. I’m a musician & poet, was trained as a mathematician, and am a Confucian-Humanist & Zen-Atheist — clearly a weirdo. But I’m probably not any weirder than you are. We’re all crazy and we have to find a way of living together without descending into violence.
- Self-cultivation is the Rosetta Stone of civilization.
- The truth is most often found in the balance of extremes, not in the moderation of them.
- Without argument, without offense, without disagreement, there is no hope.
I began college as a classical guitar major, but eventually switched to mathematics. I then spent three years in graduate school studying math before leaving to start my first business. Since then I’ve owned two different gyms, have hosted multiple podcasts, and I write for many platforms.
“What a chimera then is man! What a novelty, what a monster, what a chaos, what a contradiction, what a prodigy! Judge of all things, feeble earthworm, repository of truth, sewer of uncertainty and error, the glory and the scum of the universe.”
— Blaise Pascal
In further oddness: I am a second-generation Japanese-American. That might seem weird to you, however, because I’m also white. Both of my parents grew up in Japan, speak fluent Japanese, and didn’t move to America until they were adults. In many important ways they are far more Japanese than they are American…. I wrote a post on this if you want to read more.
“The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?”
Finally, this is my personal blog, and as such, I write about all kinds of random crap. In addition to that, I use this as a “content management system”, which is a fancy way of saying that it stores shit for me to use later when I need it.
Now go lift something heavy,