Great passage from Paulo Coelho’s The Manual of the Warrior of Light:
First: God is sacrifice. Suffer in this life and you will be happy in the next.
Second: People who have fun are childish. Remain tense at all times.
Third: Other people know what is best for us because they have more experience.
Fourth: Our duty is to make other people happy. We must please them even if that means making major sacrifices.
Fifth: We must not drink from the cup of happiness; we might get to like it and we won’t always have it in our hands.
Sixth: We must accept all punishments. We are guilty.
Seventh: Fear is a warning. We don’t want to take any risks.
These are the commandments that no warrior of light can obey.
Great message about not following ‘tradition’ or ‘rules’, cutting your own path through life. I recommend reading the whole book, it’s not a story but a series of passages like the above as guidance for being a ‘warrior of light’ in a seemingly dark world. Maybe Dan Millman and Paulo can get together and write ‘The Peaceful Warrior of Light’?