In the current age of lies, you need to have a code of ethics and stand for something. In short you need to be a barbarian and live by your own rules…
Barbarian is no derogatory term. It harks back to the vikings and Saxons, the cowboys and gunslingers of the old west. To Mongols and huns, and to pirates. In modern times you’re talking motorcycle clubs and hardcore odinist heathens.
All had – and have – a code of honour that they live by. They are about something. They know who they are. And if you treat them with respect, they’ll do likewise. If you don’t, woe betide you.
But a code for living needs laying down. What follows is a skeletal blueprint of such a code, drawn from experience, the Vikings, modern day Odinists, the Code of the West, and bikers. It extols traditional values like honour, fidelity, loyalty and courage.
The Barbarians’ Creed
- Live according to your own rules and strive to forge your own destiny.
- Learn to “not think.” Only think in words when it’s useful; stop thinking when it’s not.
- Be about something. Know who you are and what you stand for.
- Be strong and fight the good fight for freedom.
- Do what is just and good. And adhere to your personal code of honour.
- Stand firm by your close friends and family.
- Be true to your core values. Don’t let the ever-present authoritarian brainwashing get to you.
- Live a natural life. Seek out the countryside, quiet your mind, and hear the runic whispers.
- Uphold the nine virtues of courage, truth, honour, fidelity, discipline, hospitality, industriousness, self-reliance, and perseverance.
I expand on this code in my book The Unthinking Barbarians’ Nine Rules For Life (SnakeStone Press). It lays down the tenets of courage, truth, honour, fidelity, discipline, hospitality, industriousness, self-reliance and perseverance.