Facing death as a means to a more expansive life in the moment. As Dr. Yalom stated, "To Live fully one must accept that it ends." Quality of life is more important than longevity of life in the Hoka Hey Philosophy. One day as a lion instead of a thousand as a sheep is the metaphor for the warrior philosophy. But it is not a natural drive for the human being who seeks to survive and to be secure. To be a lion may be dignified but it is not romantic or easy. Humans shrink back from the brink of Hoka Hey stoicism and cling to ideologies and systems that promise security. Hoka Hey as a philosophy can have its problems if not tempered with wisdom in that it could be perceived as a martyrdom apology, militaristic propaganda or just plain machismo. With wisdom it can be a positive force to challenge inertia in life and awaken thoughts and ideas that bring greater meaning and greater vitality to your life. Instead of accepting the status quo and being effaced by life this strong stoicism produces more energy and more awareness. Constructive Hoka Hey if you will instead of destructive Hoka Hey. Tomorrow do your worst for I have lived today.
Giordano Bruno, Burned at the stake for his freethinking philosophy in Rome year 1600
"There is no doubt that healthy-mindedness is inadequate as a philosophical doctrine, because the evil facts which it positively refuses to account for are a genuine portion of reality; and they may after all be the best key to life's significance, and possibly the only openers of our eyes to the deepest levels of truth."
"The irony of man's condition is that the deepest need is to be free of the anxiety of death and annihilation; but it is life itself which awakens it, and so we must shrink from being fully alive."
"Death is all that was before us. What does it matter, after all, whether you cease to be or never begin, when the result of either is that you do not exist?...The man, though, whom you should admire and imitate is the one who finds it a joy to live and in spite of that is not reluctant to die."